Mourinho sets sights on Chelsea
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on catching former club Chelsea to clinch a place in the top four.
The Portuguese says it is also important that Spurs continue their good run of form and stay in touch with the Blues before their blockbusting Premier League match later this month.
Spurs were 12 points behind Chelsea and looking out of Champions League contention when he took the job 10 days ago, but back-to-back Premier League wins and successive losses for Frank Lampard’s men have seen that gap cut to six.
Chelsea visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22 for what is sure to be an intriguing clash and Mourinho wants his side to still be within touching distance.
Spurs face Manchester United away, Burnley at home and Wolves at Molineux before then, while Chelsea host Aston Villa and Bournemouth, with a trip to Everton in between.
“We play Chelsea at the end of December, if the game was tomorrow, we would play them with six points difference, it would be a fantastic situation to play them,” Mourinho said after his side beat Bournemouth 3-2 on Saturday.
“But we play them in the end of December. We have to keep close, as close as possible. But we have a lot to work and a lot to improve.”
Spurs are at least back in the race for another top-four finish, something that looked dead until Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
The Portuguese has reignited Spurs and has taken them from 14th up to fifth, ahead of Sunday’s games, and hopes the forthcoming hectic schedule can see them continue their march up the table.
“Now the distance is smaller, we won two matches, we are going into a period with lots of matches, the Christmas period is match, match, match, match,” he added.
Spurs were on course for a handsome win against Bournemouth as they led 3-0 thanks to a Dele Alli brace and a Moussa Sissoko strike before a late drop-off saw them concede two late goals.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.