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Tottenham Hotspur face Wolves this weekend in a game that has taken on some genuine significance.
Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League, one point behind Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
Wolves have been on something of a tear, going 11 games without a defeat, including a 2-0 beating of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
This, then, is perhaps one of the biggest games of Jose Mourinho’s tenure as manager thus far.
Their clash with Manchester United was a big one in terms of the media, who were frothing at the mouth to see the Portuguese go head-to-head with his former club.
But this has more at stake.
Spurs cannot afford to slip further behind fourth-placed Chelsea, given that they are already six points behind Frank Lampard’s men. City, in third, are nine ahead.
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Already, the race for the top four is becoming a race for one place. Leicester City, in second, have 38 points while league leaders Liverpool have a staggering 46 out of a possible 48.
Chelsea have 29 points, United and Wolves have 24, Spurs have 23, while four clubs, including Arsenal, have 22.
This game, then, could be massive in terms of dictating the momentum of both sides ahead of the busy festive period.
Following the clash with Wolves, they face Chelsea on December 22, before clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Southampton.
Winning all five could change the landscape for Spurs and knock the door to the top four ajar.
Starting this run off with a defeat could be catastrophic, particularly if Mourinho’s men then go on to lose to another of his former clubs in the Blues.
All of a sudden, Spurs can’t afford to lose at Molineux.
Meanwhile, Spurs fans have been left delighted by one Jose Mourinho gesture.