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.”
Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Salah Nets Brace As Sloppy Reds Beat Bottom-Placed Hornets
Mo Salah scored two classy goals to give Liverpool another victory, but they had to ride their luck against bottom-placed Watford in a strange match at Anfield
Salah’s curling effort in the 37th minute put the Reds in front, finishing off a flowing counter attack.
Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, before Salah made sure of the points with a fine flicked finish in the final minutes of the match.
Watford, in their first game under new boss Nigel Pearson, looked much improved and created several good chances but were wasteful in front of goal.
Nigerian Footballer, Odion Ighalo, Loses His Sister
Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has just announced the death of his sister, Mary Ighalo.
Ighalo who made the announcement on his verified Instagram page revealed that Mary died on Thursday, December 12th 2019.
However, the striker who currently plays for Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua didn’t state how she died.
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
Former Nigerian Footballer Philip Osondu Is Dead
Former Nigerian footballer, Philip Osondu has died in Belgium after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.
He was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.
Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team.
In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.
He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.