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José Mourinho believes Tottenham must be “perfect” to prevent Manchester City from racking up a 16th consecutive win on Saturday, and Harry Kane is poised for a key role.
City’s last defeat in any competition came at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November, when Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso scored to stun Pep Guardiola’s visitors.
What has become a record winning streak for any top-flight English team began in December, and City looks set to be heading towards the Premier League title after Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing at Liverpool.
The Spurs briefly led the way before Christmas, but their season has unraveled and they enter the weekend in eighth place, already 14 points behind City.
The 5-4 FA Cup loss at Everton on Wednesday was another jolt and Mourinho’s leadership is again under scrutiny, with the head coach looking for a boost.
Mourinho often analyzes post-match data from Tottenham’s match, but when presented with the file of the game against Everton, he acknowledged that it was too bleak an experience to relive.
“I opened it and in two seconds I closed it immediately because I did not want to go through it,” he said Friday.
“And I don’t even want to share that with my players.”
Among those players, Mourinho says Kane is fit and well. The England captain came off the bench early for the Spurs in the second half at Everton, with his draw sending the game into extra time.