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Jose Mourinho comes into the Tottenham Hotspur job with a London derby on the horizon.
Spurs face West Ham United this weekend in the first game of the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss’ reign.
His first game against the Hammers will, ironically, mirror Pochettino’s – Spurs won at Upton Park in his first game in charge.
But how does his record stack up against the Irons and against more of the club’s London rivals?
He has faced the Hammers on 16 occasions and has been ridiculously successful.
Mourinho has beaten them on 11 occasions, with three draws and just two defeats.
One of those losses came during his time at Manchester United towards the end of his tenure as manager. His other loss came in 2015/16, as Chelsea fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Irons.
He had nine successive victories over them at Chelsea, including two 4-1 wins, between 2004 and 2014, and was also unbeaten in five at United. In total, his teams have netted 32 goals versus the east Londoners, with just 10 conceded.
In the north London derby, Spurs should be just fine.
He has lost to the Gunners just twice in 20 outings and only once in the Premier League.
One of those defeats came at Manchester United, the other at Chelsea in the Community Shield in 2015/16.
His zenith, of course, came with a 6-0 thumping of Arsene Wenger’s Gunners on the Frenchman’s 1,000th game back in 2014.
In total, Mourinho’s teams have scored 31 goals versus Arsenal and conceded 14, winning 10 times and drawing eight.
Chelsea, of course, is more complicated. Mourinho has lost on four occasions against his former club, with all the defeats coming at United. He beat them twice with Inter Milan and twice with the Red Devils.
His final outing against the Blues, in 2018, was a 2-2 draw. In total, the Portuguese’s sides have scored nine goals versus Chelsea and conceded 11.
It remains to be seen if he can pick up another victory while he is at Spurs.
The news, then, is mixed, but fans should expect some glory against both the Gunners and the Hammers. Against the Blues, well, anything could happen.