Former Chelsea man claims Mourinho ‘will be rubbing his hands together’ ahead of Man City game

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Dom Le Roy

Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes that Jose Mourinho will be relishing Tottenham’s fixture list over the next month since the Portuguese coach knows how to win big games.

Tottenham play almost all of the sides expected to be in and around the top six over the next month, starting with the all-important clash against Manchester City this evening.

Some pundits have backed the North Londoners to push for the title this season and the upcoming games over will certainly put that prediction to the test.

Johnson believes that his former boss will be looking forward to locking horns with the best teams in the Premier Leauge.

He told Premier League Productions: “I know a lot of people either like or dislike Jose but one thing you cannot takeaway from him is that his tactical awareness of how to beat certain teams are phenomenal.

“Usually with top sides, some managers can be a bit lazy and say, ‘Look, we’ve got the better team. Go and win the game’. But even with the best teams (Mourinho) always tries to dissect their weaknesses and play a certain way to cause them as many problems as possible.

“So yeah, he’ll be rubbing his hands together looking at that fixture list but it’s not going to be easy. But if they want to win the league, they need to get some results.”

The former England defender believes that Tottenham have now found the right balance between defence and attack and believes that Mourinho could get one over his old nemeses Pep Guardiola.

When asked what he thought would happen when City visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, he said: “I think Tottenham are going to get a result. Just looking at there starting eleven over recent games, once Bale regains a bit more fitness, you are not going to see a better front three – Son, Kane and Bale.

“Now that they’ve got a bit more solidity at the back, Hojbjerg’s come in there and done a fantastic job for Mourinho.

“I think they’ve finally got a bit of structure where they can start building and going forward. I think you’re going to have a tough day any time you want those three quite. So, I’m gonna go for Tottenham to win it.”

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