It’s not all that common to see Jose Mourinho speechless after a Chelsea game. Sure, the self-proclaimed Special One ‘had nothing to say’ following this season’s defeat to Liverpool, but, for the most part, he’s a man all too happy to engage in a little back and forth.
That is except when Tottenham Hotspur turned Chelsea over 5-3. Spurs fans will remember the New Year’s day meet fondly, Blues fans not so much.
In any case, ahead of the pair’s encounter at White Hart Lane tomorrow, Mauricio Pochettino has reflected on how Mourinho reacted to seeing his side disemboweled by a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham.
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Poch on Mourinho
It would appear that Mourinho, having seen his team record only their second loss of that Premier League season, was bordering on distraught.
"It was difficult for him because he was very upset and didn’t speak. I could understand that,” Pochettino said, as per The Sun.
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“It has been like that some games for me. Sometimes when you have lost you don’t want to speak to anybody. But we have a very good relationship and I am sure we will say hello before the game on Sunday.”
Here's a reminder of what happened on that fateful day in north London:
Fast forward to the present and there’s reason to expect the Portuguese coach to keep schtum following tomorrow’s game. Chelsea enter the clash in 15th place in England’s top-flight - they’ve already lost seven times in the league this year.
To their credit the Blues appear to have rallied - they followed a victory over Norwich City last weekend with a midweek trouncing of Maccabi Tel Aviv - but Spurs look an altogether different animal of late.
Pochettino seems to have got a side of young Lilywhites firing on all cylinders and his men have the chance to enter the top four depending on Arsenal’s result against Norwich.
Tottenham vs. Chelsea
It makes tomorrow’s event all the more interesting, particularly as the stakes are high regarding Mourinho’s job safety. Chelsea might be the reigning Premier League champions, but a repeat of their first league fixture of 2015 tomorrow would leave them in all sorts of trouble.
We wonder what Mourinho will have to say about that.
Chelsea fans, are you confident of overcoming Tottenham tomorrow? Spurs fans, have you got much to worry about? Let us know in the comments box below.