Mourinho faces showdowns with Chelsea and Manchester United before Christmas

Jose Mourinho faces showdowns with former clubs Chelsea and Manchester United in the first few weeks of his Tottenham tenure.

The Portuguese has been appointed as the new Spurs manager following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening.

And he will face a baptism of fire in his opening few games as he attempts to lift the north London club from their current positions of 14th in the Premier League.

He will begin this Saturday with a trip to the London Stadium to face fierce rivals West Ham.

A home fixture against Olympiacos next Tuesday should secure Spurs’ qualification to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Mourinho’s Spurs will then face a home league fixture against Bournemouth on November 30 before a midweek visit to Old Trafford to face former club United on December 4.

Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford for two-and-a-half seasons before his sacking last December.

A home fixture with Burnley follows on December 7 before a visit to Bayern Munich, a club Mourinho was linked with recently, in their concluding Champions League group fixture on December 11.

They then travel to Wolves on December 15 before a crunch London derby with Chelsea, the club Mourinho managed in two spells with great success, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22.

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