Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho this afternoon opened up on the prospect of facing off against former club Chelsea this weekend.
Spurs host Chelsea
The capital giants are set to go head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday evening.
The matchup comes as a crucial one in the race for a spot in the top-4.
As things stand, with 17 games on the board, Chelsea occupy the final Champions League berth.
The once-healthy advantage held by Frank Lampard’s men over the chasing pack, however, has been cut to just 3 points over recent weeks.
This comes amid a dismal recent run of domestic form on the part of the Blues.
Chelsea have fallen to defeats in 4 of their last 5 league fixtures, the latest of which saw the Londoners downed by struggling Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Spurs, on the other hand, have enjoyed an upturn in form since Jose Mourinho’s appointment.
The Lilywhites have notched 4 wins from their last 5 Premier League outings.
This has catapulted Tottenham into 5th in the English top-flight, just 3 points adrift of their opponents this weekend.
As such, another win on Sunday would see Spurs replace Chelsea in the top-4.
The derby clash, though, is of course also significant for a very different reason.
This comes in the form of Jose Mourinho’s first meeting with former club Chelsea, since taking over at London rivals Tottenham.
The Portuguese tactician was therefore unsurprisingly drawn on the prospect of taking on the Blues during a pre-match press conference earlier today.
Mourinho, though, was keen to assure that his allegiances to his current club mean he will have no difficulties in putting his past to one side in 2 days’ time:
Jose Mourinho on facing Chelsea: “I am 100% Tottenham. No space at all for my previous clubs. I gave everything to all of them, but they are my previous clubs. My club is Tottenham so it’s so, so easy for me. Not difficult from the emotional side of things.” #THFC #CFC #MUFC pic.twitter.com/9iFXCn2Mwa
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) December 20, 2019