Mourinho’s first home loss in nine years hands Spurs the initiative
Harry Redknapp will be gearing up for the biggest game of his managerial career when Tottenham Hotspur take on Real Madrid on Tuesday night, and after a shock upset in La Liga on Sunday, Real Madrid are looking vulnerable.
Jose Mourinho suffered his first home league defeat in nine years – only his second in his career – when Sporting Gijon upset Real Madrid 1-0 on Sunday night, and Real Madrid now find themselves eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and 12/1 to win the title.
With the league title seemingly out of reach, Mourinho will be focusing his side on Copa del Rey and Champions League charges and what a game we have in store on Tuesday night.
Until the defeat to Gijon, Mourinho had won every home game in every competition as Real Madrid manager and his side are 4/9 to beat Spurs on Tuesday night, but Redknapp has sensed a weakness and will be doing everything he can to get a result.
A Spurs win seems unlikely considering their odds of 13/2 to win, but after three 0-0 results on the bounce, the draw could be a huge price at 16/5 although a fourth 0-0 result seems unlikely at 11/1.
Spurs proved in the San Siro that they can mix it with Europe’s best teams and the 1-0 result away to AC Milan suggests Redknapp also has the tactical nous when it comes to getting a result away from home in Europe.
But Redknapp’s record when he comes up against Mourinho is poor to say the least – six games and six defeats.
Mourinho’s confidence is never dented and there is no doubt he will have his side ready for the fixture, but Spurs are a different proposition to Southampton and Portsmouth and Mourinho’s defensive style could make this a tense and tight affair.
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