David Moyes hails Jose Mourinho ahead of West Ham vs Tottenham game

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David Moyes could not hide his respect for Jose Mourinho who he has been playing against since 2004. He hails the Portuguese tactician who he described as one of his hardest competitors.

West Ham United will host Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Sunday, February 21, and David Moyes whose team has been showing a lot of promise in the league is wary of the capabilities of Tottenham’s coach.

Moyes has never defeated the Portuguese tactician since they have been playing against each other in 17 years. From Moyes’ days at Everton to Manchester United and now West Ham, the best he has gotten against a team led by Mourinho has been a draw.

But that might not matter on Sunday, at 13:00 when Tottenham face their London rivals for the second time this season. In their last meeting on October 18, 2020, West Ham drew 3-3 against Tottenham, a performance that sustained the dominance of Mourinho over Moyes.

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.
David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.

Based on West Ham United’s current form, David Moyes has a huge advantage over Jose Mourinho because West Ham are currently sitting on the 5th spot on the league table with 42 points in 24 games. They have recorded 12 wins, 6 draws, and 6 defeats.

On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur are struggling in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho and his boys are currently sitting on the 9th spot on the league table with 36 points in 23 games. They have recorded 10 wins, 6 draws, and 7 defeats.

In their last three Premier League games, Tottenham recorded two defeats and a victory. While West Ham United have recorded two victories and a draw in their last three Premier League games.

Based on this, West Ham United are expected to either draw or win over Tottenham on Sunday but David Moyes can not stop talking about the greatness of Jose Mourinho ahead of the Premier League encounter.

“I have to say throughout my managerial career, especially when I came into the Premier League and Jose came, he has been probably one of the hardest competitors of all,” David Moyes said.

“He has always been very good, hard to play against and his teams are great.

“Whenever he decides to finish up, he will go down as one of most winning managers of all time.”

On the 3-3 draw West Ham United played against Tottenham on October 18, 2020, David Moyes described the feat as a great achievement of his football career.

“To come from 3-0 down, I am sure there are plenty who have done that in their career, but to come from 3-0 down, with 10 minutes to go against Tottenham Hotspur takes some doing,” Moyes said.

“I certainly can’t remember it in my career or as a football manager (happening). It was a great achievement the players got.

“Sometimes you need a result like that to get you going and get the momentum going and belief. I am sure we took a lot of belief from coming back.”