Steady progress key for Mourinho and Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – Preview:

JOSE MOURINHO insisted it is a case of one game at a time as he looks to lead Tottenham Hotspur to a third-straight victory under his guidance.

Mourinho won his first four matches in the hot seat at Chelsea, Porto and Manchester United – a win over AFC Bournemouth at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would offer the Portuguese an opportunity to equal that sequence next week, ironically at Old Trafford.

“It would be nice but every match is difficult and that’s not about my record, it’s about our objectives and we need points in the Premier League,” Mourinho explained.

“We were too far behind – twelve points behind the Champions League – six or something like that from the top six. We need points, and Bournemouth is a very good team.

“Eddie Howe doesn’t need my words, his work is there, everybody knows what he is doing at that club for many, many years. They are a very difficult opponent, not afraid to play with theoretically stronger teams. They can get a good result against a top team, home or way.

“The team has a very good model of play, very defined, good tactical culture. They can change the system, in fact, you never know the way they are going to play. So a very difficult match but I think the boys have a very good feeling.”

Mourinho continued: “For the first time we had three days in between matches because we had two in two, but now finally we have these three days to recover and to work.”

“Second match at home, I think our people in our stadium, they had mixed feelings on Tuesday, but they hand me the positive feeling.

“They know the team is there to play, to make them enjoy, and to fight for them. So we have to be strong, we have to give a hard game to beat them. There’s no chance to beat Bournemouth if we don’t play very, very well.”

Spurs have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Cherries visit.
Erik Lamela (hamstring), Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Michel Vorm (calf) and Ben Davies (ankle) all remain unavailable.
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – Head to head:

Tottenham Hotspur won: 6
Drawn: 1
AFC Bournemouth won: 2

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – Last five meetings (all competitions):

April 15, 2017 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 AFC Bournemouth

October 14, 2017 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

March 11, 2018 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur

December 26, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 AFC Bournemouth

May 4, 2019 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 AFC Bournemouth

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Brian Jeeves

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