As Spurs prepare to host Fulham tonight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the last-minute arrangement of the London Derby has produced a major talking point this week.
The Lilywhites were initially scheduled for a trip to Aston Villa tonight. However, the Midlands club has recently been forced to deal with a Coronavirus outbreak, which led to the self-isolation of the first-team and staff.
It has been reported in the Daily Mail that Villa didn’t request for the match to be postponed until Saturday. This came despite the fact that the club announced the COVID-19 outbreak as early as Thursday.
Failure to do so has subsequently created a headache for the Fulham manager, Scott Parker, who called the match ‘scandalous’ this week.
The delayed request from Villa meant that Fulham went into their FA Cup clash at QPR oblivious to the fact that they could have another match on Wednesday.
Their battle at Loftus Road ended up going to extra-time, with Parker’s side advancing into the next round with a 2-0 victory over their West London rivals.
However, from a Spurs perspective, it has been hard for Jose Mourinho to feel empathy towards his opponent as the original match was postponed with just two and a half hours left until kick-off, something that infuriated the Portuguese manager.
Speaking ahead of the match today (Football.London), Mourinho stated: “They have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the game. If they come with half of the team, I will be the first one to apologize to them, and I will be the first one to say we played this game with an advantage.”
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It will certainly be interesting to see the Fulham side that Spurs face tonight. Tonight’s London derby could have huge ramifications at both the top and bottom of the table. A win for Tottenham would see them move up to third in the Premier League, thrusting them back into the title race.
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