Jose Mourinho wants his Tottenham side to stay in touch with Chelsea before their blockbusting Premier League match later this month.
Spurs were 12 points behind Mourinho’s former club 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 Chelsea 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 away 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.
“When I arrived we were 12 points behind the last Champions League position and I didn’t want to think about it, I just wanted to play matches,” he said.
“I think we were eight or nine from a Europa League position and I said if we thought about it too much we would be depressed because we want to play European football next season.
“So, don’t get depressed, play game after game and see what is going to happen.
“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.
“So you have the chance of both. You have the chance to break down, we have the chance to put pressure on the opponent.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Gives His Girlfriend N37 Million Every Month To Live A Lavish Lifestyle
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gives fiancee Georgina Rodriguez an £80,000-a-month (N37,673,136) allowance to help her live the high life, according to reports.
The Portuguese superstar and Rodriguez live a lavish lifestyle in Turin with the forward’s £28million-a-year salary from Juventus.
The loved up pair have one child together, two-year-old daughter Alana Martina, but she also raises Ronaldo’s three other children.
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As a mostly stay-at-home mum, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim Ronaldo is happy to give 26-year-old Rodriguez a hefty wedge every month as she also looks after surrogate twins Eva and Mateo and Cristiano Jr.
With millions flooding through the family every month, it is no wonder they continue to live a life most can only dream of.
Holidays on yachts are a regular occurrence while birthdays are often greeted with expensive gifts.
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For his 35th birthday, Rodriguez treated her other half to a wrapped Mercedes G-Wagon with a basic starting price of £93,000.
The pair are often seen wearing expensive bling with Ronaldo wowing fans by showing off a £371,000 Rolex watch last month.
Rodriguez also earns a reported whopping £6600 per Instagram post to sponsor a company because of her 16.5m followers.
NFF Denies Amokachi’s Appointment
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied rumour making the rounds about the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Daniel Amokachi as Head of its Technical Department.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communications, said Bitrus Bewarang still remained the federation’s Technical Director.
Olajire quoted Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh, as saying that at no time did the body call for applications from candidates for that position, not to talk of appointing anyone.
“This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating, but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department.”
“’The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Amokachi himself,” Fresh said.
JUST IN: Jubilation As Anthony Joshua Arrives In Sagamu
There was jubilation in Sagamu on Wednesday when Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua arrived at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo.
It was gathered that Joshua met Akarigbo and other chiefs in Sagamu around 1.15pm.
Head, Anthony Joshua Supporters Club, Sagamu, popularly known as Mr Naira, confirmed Joshua’s presence to The PUNCH.
He commended the boxer for yielding to their calls to visit Sagamu.