Jose Mourinho has told his Tottenham players to “make me look good” in Sunday’s clash with West Ham and insists a top-four finish can still be achieved this season.
The Spurs boss has never lost to a David Moyes team, having won nine and drawn six of his past meetings with the West Ham manager.
Moyes has also never faced a manager so many times and not registered at least one win. Yet with West Ham currently six points ahead of a faltering Tottenham in the Premier League, there may never be a better chance for the former Everton and Manchester United chief to end that long wait.
Tottenham have lost four of their last five Premier League games, as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 28 games in the competition, and head into the weekend sitting ninth in the table.
Questions linger over how long Tottenham will be patient with Mourinho, and another setback at the London Stadium would be a major blow to hopes of playing Champions League football next season.
It will be Mourinho’s 50th Premier League match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur and his points-per-game average of 1.65 is the lowest of any Spurs boss since Juande Ramos (1.17).
“The table always gives you what you deserve, and I think it’s very premature to think about the definition of the table,” said Mourinho.
“We have to fight and we have to wait until the last match to see what happens, because anything can happen.
“We can finish in the top four, we can finish in the top six or we can finish outside the top six. We must make sure the best possible thing is going to happen.”