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Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Chelsea on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, ending the Londoners' run of six straight wins and keeping Pep Guardiola's side nine points behind leaders Liverpool.

City's loss at Anfield before the international break made this a key game for them but they were made to work for their three points by Frank Lampard's enterprising side.

Chelsea sliced open City's defence in the 22nd minute with Mateo Kovacic superbly picking out N'Golo Kante's forward burst and the French midfielder held off compatriot Benjamin Mendy before smartly slipping the ball past the advancing Ederson.

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But six minutes later Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne brought the champions level when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box and he cleverly wrongfooted the Chelsea defence before unleashing a low drive which took two deflections before rattling past wrongfooted Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.


Chelsea had looked the slicker and sharper of the two teams -- and indeed enjoyed the rare status of having more possession at the Etihad - but it was Guardiola's side who went in with the advantage at the break.

Riyad Mahrez cut in from the left and, with Chelsea's defence backing off, he drove a left-foot shot into the far bottom corner to make it 2-1.


Chelsea nearly put themselves out of the game two minutes before the break when Kepa gifted the ball to Sergio Aguero but the Argentine's shot from distance crashed off the bar.


>Manchester City vs Chelsea: Key Points
  • De Bruyne and Mahrez turn game around
  • City stay nine points short of Liverpool
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Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League clash between West Ham and Tottenham.

We'll be bringing you all the build-up, coverage and reaction from the London Stadium - so make sure to stay tuned!

>2019-11-23T10:54:39.823Z Jose Mourinho is back! It didn't take long for the Portuguese to find himself another club in the Premier League after last year's sacking by Manchester United. But will he be able to whip Spurs into shape? Or are his best days behind him?

Here, chief football writer

Miguel Delaney asks whether Mourinho has sufficiently embraced football's new tactical trends and updated his approach to the game:


The reinvention of Jose Mourinho

>2019-11-23T11:08:56.976Z Jose Mourinho said earlier this week that he is determined to bring back the "real Dele Alli" and help the England international rediscover his best form.

Injuries and poor performances have seen midfielder Alli fall out of the reckoning with the Three Lions, but Spurs' new head coach has plans to reinvigorate the 23-year-old.

"I have already spoken with him and I asked him if he was Dele or Dele's brother," Mourinho explained ahead of today's match. "He told me he was Dele. 'OK,' I said. 'Play like Dele'.


 "I think he is potentially a fantastic player. Now I have to create a tactical situation he is happy with, give him the right dynamics and prepare him physically well because he has had important injuries and he is not on the top of his form.

"I cannot expect him to play on Saturday - if he plays - and go there and be man of the match.

"But he needs to go through a process that will bring the real Dele back because the real Dele is the one who in the last few years has impressed us all."

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Look who's just turned up...


>2019-11-23T11:27:45.210Z The Portuguese has overseen a number of battles with the Hammers in previous stints with Chelsea and Manchester United, some going for him and some against him.

Here, we take a look at some of those classic meetings.

Chelsea 4 West Ham 1 - April 2006

Chelsea's long-standing unbeaten home record looked vulnerable when they fell behind to James Collins' goal and then saw Maniche sent off seven minutes later. But they were a machine at that time under Mourinho and goals from Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo turned it around before the break. They went on to make it a rout after the break as John Terry and William Gallas got on the scoresheet to move the Blues closer to a second successive Premier League crown.



West Ham 2 Chelsea 1 - October 2015

The reigning champions were in disarray when they visited Upton Park the following season and sat in 11th. Mourinho was under pressure and his side were clearly not playing for him as they put in a shoddy performance in the capital. They fell behind early to Mauro Zarate's opener and were up against it when Nemanja Matic was sent off before the break. Gary Cahill brought the 10 men level, but Andy Carroll's 79th-minute winner condemned Chelsea to another defeat, which left them 15th and edged Mourinho closer to the sack.

The Portuguese claimed ‘to have a break was very positive’ for him:  >

‘Humble’ Jose Mourinho insists he ‘won’t make same mistakes’

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Manchester United 4 West Ham 0 - August 2017

United hit the ground running in Mourinho's second season in charge as they hammered West Ham on the opening weekend. Romelu Lukaku had a debut to remember as he struck either side of half-time to put the hosts in charge at Old Trafford. Goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba in the final three minutes put the icing on the cake and led the way for United's best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson left.



West Ham 3 Manchester United 1 - September 2018

Things were beginning to fall apart for Mourinho at Manchester United and his already grizzly mood was made worse by a chastening defeat at the London Stadium. United fell behind early to Felipe Anderson's goal and their plight worsened after Victor Lindelof put through his own net. Marcus Rashford gave his side hope after the break, but Marko Arnautovic completed a torrid afternoon for Mourinho, who was sacked less than three months later.


Team news



Team news

Jose Mourinho names his first team in charge of Tottenham. He makes three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Sheffield United in what became Mauricio Pochettino's final game.

Lucas Moura comes in to replace Tanguy Ndombele. Harry Winks starts in place of Moussa Sissoko with Toby Alderweireld back in defence as Giovani Lo Celso drops to the bench.

For the home side, Manuel Pellegrini makes two changes to the team that lost 3-0 to Burnley last time out. Angleo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko come into the line up in place of Fabian Balbuena and Pablo Fornals.

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Jose Mourinho explains his reasons for making his Premier League return at Tottenham, he said: 

"I told the players that one of the reasons I decided to come was them. I tried to buy some of them for different clubs and couldn't, some of them I didn't even try because it was impossible. I am not just saying that now, I have said it for years.

"I want to respect the base of work that they have done for five years, it is an update not a change. I am here to try and understand why the results in the last year in the Premier League were not good.

"I am not here to make dramatic changes and create confusion in their brains. I am going to be very careful."



The Hammers have bloodied the noses of all three London rivals over the last two seasons. Feverish atmospheres are expected for Spurs’ visit on Saturday at lunchtime, the trip to Stamford Bridge a week later and their Monday night duel with Arsenal nine days on but they have more to offer East London than just football: >

Why West Ham have more to offer east London than football

This is a big day for Tottenham. They are expected to beat West Ham but the Hammers could secure consecutive league wins over Spurs for the first time since 2013-14.

Tottenham have won five of the last six meetings between the sides in all competitions including both Premier League fixtures last season.

But West Ham have scored 53 league goals against Spurs more than versus any other team.

Jose Mourinho will want a result for Spurs but expect it to be a hard fought match.

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West Ham are winless in six Premier League matches and Spurs haven't won in five games.

It gets worse for Tottenham who haven't had an away win since January, 12 games ago. They've gone 13 games away from home without a clean sheet.

So today's match will be something of a turn around for whoever can claim the three points. 

>2019-11-23T12:01:39.793Z They teams are out for the warm ups at the London Stadium: > >2019-11-23T12:04:00.946Z He looks like he has taken the burden of the club on his shoulders and Jose Mourinho agrees that Spurs need to help Harry Kane win trophies:  >

Jose Mourinho: ‘Impossible’ for Harry Kane to leave Spurs

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Manuel Pellegrini has outlined his plans for the match, he told BT Sport:

"First of all we are concentrating on defending. We have conceded six goals and five of them were from set pieces. We need to work on that.

"I don’t have any problems with Jose – he is a special man – he named it himself. He is a good manager, he does well in the Premier League. I feel sad for Mauricio Pochettino he has done so much for the club. I wish Jose a lot of success but after this game."


>2019-11-23T12:09:45.286Z Jose gives his thoughts in the build up to his first game in charge of Spurs:  > >2019-11-23T12:15:47.563Z
It is the start of a new era at Tottenham but how do the fans move on from Mauricio Pochettino? >

What is life like after a legendary manager?

Advertisement >2019-11-23T12:20:51.300Z Ten minutes to go until kick off. Will West Ham keep Spurs under wraps or can Jose reignite Tottenham's away form and get their first win since January? >2019-11-23T12:24:53.020Z
Jose Mourinho has lost his last two matches versus Manuel Pellegrini, with his sides conceding six goals. Tottenham begin the weekend in 14th place, their lowest position after 12 matches since March 2009.

They have kept one league clean sheet this season, a joint-low with Norwich.

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When does it kick-off?

The match gets underway at 5:30pm on Saturday 23 November.

How can I watch the match?

The match will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event from 5pm.


Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodrigo, Silva (C), Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pulisic, Abraham, Willian

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