Mourinho is back! Chelsea to avoid another trashing at Etihad as Leicester hope to maintain their impressive form

Jose Mourinho is now tasked with Spurs’ revival after a dismal start to the season, with the hope of crawling back to the top four.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager will certainly be the main focus this weekend as he leads Tottenham out of the tunnel for the first time while City look to get their Premier League title defence challenge back on track when they host Chelsea.

Runaway table leaders Liverpool have an easy fixture away to Crystal Palace, but the chasing pack cannot afford to allow the gap gets any wider.

City, after their 3-1 loss to Liverpool earlier this month, host Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who are one point above the Manchester blue side in the table, eight points behind Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Leicester, in second place ahead of Chelsea on goal difference, travel to the south coast to play Brighton.

A look at the main talking points:

Mourinho’s back

Mourinho’s first game at Tottenham will be a London derby away to West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday, 

The Portuguese boss has several issues to sort out, including addressing the terrible away form; Spurs have not won an away match in the Premier League since January.

Tottenham, last season’s Champions League finalists, have had an awful start to the season, languishing in 14th place in the Premier League with just three wins in their opening 12 league games.

No team ever with as low a tally as Spurs have after 12 games,14 points, has ever gone on to achieve a top-four finish.

Mourinho said at his first press conference; he will not demand millions to spend when the transfer window opens.

“I don’t need players; I am so happy with the players I have, I just need time to understand them better, to know everything about them,” Mourinho said.

“My gift is this squad; the squad is very, very good.”

For Liverpool, over their past 38 league games, they have gathered 101 points and lost just a match, overcoming champions Manchester City in their last game.

Run-away table leaders

Manager Klopp last season described his players as “mentality monsters,” and club captain Jordan Henderson says that is an essential factor in their success.

“I think everybody sees how talented the squad is, how many good players we’ve got in the team, but mentality is huge in football,” said Henderson.

Lampard returns to Etihad

Lampard, who played for Manchester City for a season after his Chelsea departure, takes his young side to the Etihad Stadium for his first visit as Chelsea manager.

City host Chelsea with a point and place below the visitors, who have had six league wins in a row.

Chelsea will also be desperate to gain revenge for their 6-0 thrashing by City last season, which was their biggest-ever Premier League defeat.

Leicester riding high

Having already played all the members of the “Big Six” apart from Manchester City, Leicester sit in the second position in the Premier League with a winnable set of matches to come.

Harvey Barnes, who has featured in 11 of Leicester’s 12 Premier League matches, said confidence was vital.

“It’s a great place to be at the minute,” he told the club’s website. “You can see the buzz around the club and as a player, being involved in it is great.

“We’re going into most games at the minute thinking we’re going to win. It’s a great feeling to be as confident as we are as a team and as individuals as well.”

Week 13 Fixtures (GMT)

Saturday

West Ham v Tottenham (12:30),

 Bournemouth v Wolves (16:00)

Arsenal v Southampton(16:00) 

Brighton v Leicester(16:00)

Crystal Palace v Liverpool(16:00)

 Everton v Norwich(16:00)

Watford v Burnley(16:00) 

Manchester City v Chelsea (17:30)

Sunday

Sheffield United v Manchester United (16:30)

Monday

Aston Villa v Newcastle (20:00)

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