New life has been breathed into the race for the Champions League spots following UEFA’s decision to ban Manchester City from European competitions for the next two seasons.
It means whoever finishes fifth in the Premier League, for the time being, will qualify for Europe’s premier club competition next season, provided Man City finish in the top four and the ban is upheld.
Two teams gunning for Champions League football next season play each other on Saturday, as fourth-placed Chelsea play host to fifth-placed Tottenham.
Both sides are currently in a position to make it to the Champions League but will want to pull away from the chasing pack including Sheffield United, Manchester United and Wolves.
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This clash has added spice to it with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho making a return to Chelsea, where he won three Premier League titles.
He also comes up against a former player of his in Frank Lampard, who has the top job at Stamford Bridge.
The apprentice got the better of the master when the teams met earlier this season, Chelsea winning 2-0 at Spurs back in December.
The result gave the Blues a cushion in the top four but they’ve failed to take advantage of this and Spurs can overtake the Blues in the Premier League table if they get the win.
But perhaps the feeling of getting one over on the club that sacked him four years ago will mean more to Mourinho.
And this got us thinking at talkSPORT.com about how Mourinho’s fared against clubs he used to be in charge of.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST BENFICA (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 6
Goals against: 1
Win rate: 75 per cent
Mourinho’s stint at Benfica was a brief, yet hugely beneficial one right at the start of his managerial career.
He was only in charge for eleven games after his request to be granted a new contract midway through the 2000/01 was denied by club president Manuel Vilarinho, so the Portuguese boss resigned from his post immediately.
Vilarinho would later admit he made a mistake in not offering Mourinho an extension, expressing his frustration at losing him.
Mourinho landed a new job in the summer of 2001, with Uniao De Leiria appointing him as their next manager.
This spell proved to be the catalyst in propelling his attention among other sides, with Porto eventually calling for his services in January 2002.
While in charge of the Portuguese giants he remained undefeated against Benfica, winning and drawing his other encounter.
As Manchester United boss, Mourinho also picked up two victories against the Primeira Liga outfit in the 2017/18 Champions League group stages, recording a 3-0 aggregate victory.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST UNIAO DE LEIRIA (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 6
Goals against: 2
Win rate: 100 per cent
Mourinho enjoyed great success at Porto, winning the Primeira Liga twice, a Taca de Portugal, the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League – the latter being Porto’s first European Cup title since 1987.
His first meeting against his former side came in the Taca de Portugal in August 2003, a game which Porto won 1-0.
A month later and Mourinho’s men reigned victorious again with a 3-1 victory on the road.
And in February 2004 Porto recorded yet another victory over Leiria, triumphing 2-1 on home soil.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST PORTO (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 10
Goals against: 7
Win rate: 50 per cent
Mourinho’s trophy-laden spell in Portugal secured him his big move to Chelsea. During his first stint with the Blues he faced his old side four times, losing just one of those encounters – a Champions League clash away in Porto in December 2004.
Although that was a dead rubber because Chelsea had already qualified top of their group.
The Special One returned for a second spell with the Blues, winning one and losing the other game against a side then managed by ex-Spain and Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui in the group stages of the 2015/16 Champions League.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST REAL MADRID (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 1
Goals against: 2
Win rate: 0 per cent
Mourinho has come head-to-head with Real once since his departure from the Bernabeu at the end of the 2012/13 season.
That came prior to the start of his second season in charge at Manchester United, with the LaLiga giants running out 2-1 winners in the Super Cup final on August 8, 2017.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST CHELSEA (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 9
Goals against: 13
Win percentage: 40 per cent
It’s been very much a mixed bag for Mourinho when he’s come against up his beloved Blues since leaving the club not once, but twice.
His Inter Milan side recorded back-to-back victories against them to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the 2009/10 campaign, but his fortunes fared somewhat differently when he was United boss.
The 4-0 thumping at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League clash back in October 2016 was one of the low points of Mourinho’s tenure, which was followed up with another defeat – this time 1-0 – when the two teams met in the sixth round of the FA Cup four months later in west London.
While Mourinho did record home wins against his former side in the league in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season, United lost on the road to Chelsea in both of the reverse fixtures.
The last time Mourinho came up against Chelsea as Red Devils boss was in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in October 2018. The Portuguese received stick from some Chelsea fans and gestured three fingers up in the air to remind them of the three Premier League titles he won there at the end of the game.
And as mentioned, his first clash against Chelsea as Spurs boss saw the Blues get the better of him, a brace from Willian sealing the 2-0 win.
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 1
Goals against: 2
Win percentage: 0 per cent
Mourinho lost in his first match on his return to Manchester United, the Red Devils running out 2-1 winners thanks to a Marcus Rashford brace. Spurs’ goal came from a fantastic piece of trickery by Dele Alli.
Meanwhile, Mourinho obviously didn’t play in the game but almost picked up an injury after being inadvertently taken out by Spurs midfielder Harry Winks in the early stages.
And below is Mourinho’s overall record against his former sides…
MOURINHO’S RECORD AGAINST HIS FORMER SIDES (AFTER MANAGING THEM)
Goals for: 34
Goals against: 26
Win rate: 52 per cent
Mourinho will be mindful of Lampard’s Chelsea having lost to them back in December but Spurs are in better form having won their last three in the league.
And you wouldn’t put it past Mourinho to get a result at Stamford Bridge to silence the critics.