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The reason Mourinho’s Spurs won’t catch Chelsea before 2020 – opinion

Over the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur narrowed the gap between them and the top four to six points after beating Bournemouth 3-2, whilst Chelsea suffered a home defeat to West Ham.

Jose Mourinho has certainly rejuvenated Spurs after their torrid start to the 2019/20 season and the manager has warmed to the fans almost instantly. However, Mourinho’s record against teams he has previously managed suggest that his 100% winning record at Spurs may be in danger across December.

Chelsea and Manchester United are the other two Premier League teams that Mourinho has been in charge of in the past, but when it comes to playing these teams as the manager of another club, Mourinho often struggles. From 20 matches against Manchester United, Mourinho has only been victorious in nine, while against Chelsea he has only won four times in nine matches (an average 1.44 points per game).

To reaffirm Mourinho’s under-par record against clubs he’s managed, the Portuguese has gained an average 1.67 points from matches against Porto and an average 0.2 against Real Madrid having never beaten the Spanish giants.

This could all be bad news for Spurs, who face Manchester United on Wednesday and Chelsea on 22nd December. Sandwiched between these fixtures are matches against Burnley and Wolves – two teams who have had a good season so far. However, if the Lilywhites can continue to break down teams so effectively, they shouldn’t have too much trouble putting goals past Chelsea or Manchester United – it’s the defensive frailties that could be Spurs’ downfall.

In between matches, Mourinho will certainly be working hard on the team’s resilience, as both West Ham and Bournemouth managed to claw themselves back to a 3-2 scoreline having been 3-0 down (remarkably these goals came at exactly the same time in each of those two matches).

It doesn’t seem like it’ll be too long before teams start outscoring Spurs, and Chelsea may be able to re-establish their nine-point lead over rivals Tottenham before the week is out.

Harry Mahon

90maat's team correspondent for Tottenham Hotspur, graduate of Loughborough University and current student at the University of Surrey.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 29 27 1 1 82
2 Manchester City 28 18 3 7 57
3 Leicester City 29 16 5 8 53
4 Chelsea 29 14 6 9 48
5 Manchester United 29 12 9 8 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 10 13 6 43
7 Sheffield United 28 11 10 7 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 8 10 41
9 Arsenal 28 9 13 6 40
10 Burnley 29 11 6 12 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 10 9 10 39
12 Everton 29 10 7 12 37
13 Newcastle United 29 9 8 12 35
14 Southampton 29 10 4 15 34
15 Brighton & Hov… 29 6 11 12 29
16 West Ham United 29 7 6 16 27
17 Watford 29 6 9 14 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 7 6 16 27
19 Aston Villa 28 7 4 17 25
20 Norwich City 29 5 6 18 21

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