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Mourinho urges Spurs to be ‘cool’ and ‘calm’ amid increasing title talk

Jose Mourinho has urged his side not to get carried away with the increasing talk of a potential title challenge ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.

Spurs came into the weekend atop the Premier League, possessing the best defensive record in the league, while Harry Kane and Heung Min Son have started the campaign in scintillating form.

Their impressive start to the season comes while a number of the other members of the ‘big six’ have struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season, prompting suggestions that Spurs could land their first league title in 60 years.

Mourinho has consistently tried to play down his side’s title chances, recently describing his side as ‘ponies’ in the race for the title. He’s now urging his side not to get carried away by their early season form.

“If the talk outside is positive talk, we have to be patient and calm and not excited,” he told Sky Sports. “If the talk is negative and critical, we cannot be affected by that either.

“We have to be cool, we have to keep a balance and give everything we have, always, and at the end of the season we will see what happens.”

Spurs host north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, and despite the Gunners languishing in 14th, the Portuguese insists this afternoon’s opponents are ‘a very good’ and ‘versatile’ side.

“I don’t know, Mikel has to say that,” Mourinho says. “To me they are a very good team that had a big improvement last season.

“This season if you look at Manchester United versus Arsenal or if you look at Liverpool versus Arsenal – even though they lost – you realise they can beat anyone. They are quite versatile, they can play in different ways.

“Personally I think they will go back to what they were a few months ago, playing with a back five and being much more defensive because that was the way they beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final and final. They are going to be a difficult opponent.”

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