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Tuchel ‘excited’ to face Mourinho’s ‘super competitive’ Spurs tomorrow

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has praised Jose Mourinho and admits he is ‘excited’ to face a ‘super competitive’ Tottenham team tomorrow evening.

Tuchel’s side travel the short distance to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow evening to face their London rivals in a huge Premier League clash, the two sides currently level on points and searching for a victory that will move them closer to the division’s top four.

The German registered his first win since replacing Frank Lampard with a 2-0 win over Burnley last weekend and will be looking to continue his unbeaten start in north London, though is wary of the threat posed by a ‘super competitive’ Spurs side.

Tuchel has praised opposite number Mourinho as a ‘world class coach’ and has spoken positively on the strengths of tomorrow’s opponents, but says Chelsea will head into the clash with confidence and looking to secure all three points.

“He has now built a Spurs team with Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg that are super competitive,” said Tuchel at his pre-match press conference.

“They have outstanding quality and speed with Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale.

“I have the biggest respect for him because he is building teams at the highest level to compete in game after game.

“We are doing it in our style and there are many ways to succeed. He is a world class coach but we are here to beat him and we are very excited to have matches like this.”

Tuchel confirmed that both Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz are doubts for tomorrow’s fixture after picking up slight injuries in the win over Burnley, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could retain their places after making scoring returns to the side last weekend.

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