However, the team of Jose Mourinho will not be called into action.
Manchester United will travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the first match on 19 June, with a number of old accusations of Mourinho trying to make a point or two to their former boss.
In addition, United was on a sequence hot before the shutdown of the football in march, while the Spurs had played six matches without victory in all competitions.
With nine games to come to the London of the north, here are five problems that Mourinho is facing …
1. Restore confidence
The Spurs could not buy a victory before the suspension of the season.
After beating Aston Villa 3-2 on the 16th of February, they have lost four of their six games following, which included, to be excluded from the champions League and the FA Cup.
Mourinho has also suffered a defeat deadly on his return to Chelsea, while the Blues lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
One of the main priorities of the coach Portuguese will breathe new life into this team of players.
Seven points in the fourth place Chelsea, Spurs can hardly afford to continue their fall if they want to ensure football in the champions League for the next season.
2. Form of Ndombele
Tanguy Ndombele, the record of the club of Tottenham, has been criticised by Mourinho in the last exit of the club in the Premier League.
The boss of the Spurs said he is “disappointed” contributions of the French in the first half of the 1-1 draw at Burnley.
Ndombele was replaced at the interval and has not figured out three days later when the Spurs have exited the champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig.
The midfield of 53 million pounds sterling has had three months to stay sharp as it seeks to carve a path through the computation.
With Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks in the middle of the season, it will not be easy.
3. Convince Kane to stay
In march, Harry Kane has been turning a few heads when he offered thoughts surprisingly candid regarding his future at Spurs.
During an interview with Jamie Redknapp on Instagram, Kane said that he would not stay at the club “for the fun” if he thought that they were not going in the right direction.
Such candor is increasingly rare in the interviews with footballers and it will not go unnoticed in the meeting room of the Spurs, or with Mourinho.
The ultimate goal for Tottenham is to keep Kane and form a team around their star striker.
If he explicitly expresses his desire to leave, it won’t lack suitors. A part of the work of Mourinho is to ensure that it stops enough of the slide of the Spurs to ensure that this did not happen.
A new partnership with rookie January Steven Bergwijn, with whom Kane has not played because of an injury, could certainly help.
4. Improvement of the form
Although the general form of Tottenham is far from perfect, the games on the road have been the real problem this season.
They have collected 26 points from 14 home games compared to only 15 in as many meetings outside.
In the championship, the Spurs have managed only three wins outside of the season, with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Burnley three of the 10 clubs to have better records on the road.
While the Spurs still have five home games against four at the outside, the points on the road will be a bonus and will contribute substantially to any potential improvement of the form.
The men of Mourinho should still go to Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Out of these four trips without a defeat would be seen as a progress.
5. Weaknesses defensive
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The teams Mourinho has long since been synonymous with solid defense, but the Spurs are all but impenetrable since his arrival in November.
In fact, the Lilywhites have kept only three clean sheets in 26 games under former boss at Manchester United.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been considered as one of the partnerships the most solid centre-back in English football, but things have not gone quite right for the pair belgian.
In addition, the decline of the wings remains a problem for Mourinho. The injury problems Ben Davies have interrupted his season, while Serge Aurier, who has often started to the right, is effective to advance, but cannot be relied on in the rear.
Assemble his defence more solid and make Spurs a nut more difficult to break is surely at the forefront of preparations for Mourinho before the return of the Premier League.
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