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Saturday 14 December 2019

Mourinho not my enemy

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists new Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho is not his enemy as West Ham prepare to host the Portuguese boss' first game in charge.

Mourinho was announced as Spurs head coach on Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after Mauricio Pochettino's shock dismissal on Tuesday evening.

Pellegrini has had several tussles with the 56-year-old while in charge of Malaga and Manchester City, but the Chilean played down their rivalry yesterday. When asked about facing Mourinho, Pellegrini said: "Maybe I can think in a different way, but he's not my enemy.

"Everyone has their options to play football in the way they want, to talk what they want to say. We have different ways of thinking about it all."

West Ham have struggled for form in recent weeks, with five defeats and two draws from their last seven matches, but will be hoping for an improvement against a new-look Tottenham outfit.

Pellegrini expects some subtle tactical changes under their new head coach, despite Mourinho being at the helm for just two days.

"Of course I think that the philosophy of (Mauricio) Pochettino is not the same as the philosophy of Mourinho, but he's just in charge of the team," Pellegrini said.

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