Jose Mourinho to face old club Tottenham for first time since brutal sacking in Roma pre-season friendly

JOSE MOURINHO will face former club Tottenham for the first time since he was brutally sacked ahead of the Carabao Cup final last season.

The Special One will be taking on Spurs with his Europa Conference League-winning Roma team on July 30 in Haifa, Israel.

Sammy Ofer Stadium will play host to the pre-season friendly with the pair competing for the I-Tech Cup.

For Spurs, the fixture against their old boss will conclude their preparations for the 2022/23 season.

They are also set to visit Korea where they will play Team K League on July 13 and then Sevilla on July 16.

Antonio Conte's side are also due to play Rangers at Ibrox on July 23.


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Fabio Paratici, Managing Director of Football, said: “We are delighted to be heading to Israel as the final part of our pre-season preparations and I would like to thank MTR7 for providing the opportunity for the Club to visit in July.

“We are looking forward to an exciting fixture against a strong opponent in AS Roma.

"It will provide good preparation for the start of the new season the following weekend, as we look to build on a strong 2021/22 season.”

Mourinho will definitely be in the Roma dugout after ruling out any moves away.

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Addressing speculation, he said: "Now I am staying, there are no doubts.

"Even if some rumours emerge, I only want to remain at Roma.

"We must understand what our owners, who are fantastic people, want to do next season, because this is history, but we can build a really strong project with honest professionals.

"Of course I feel like a Romanista, but that might be my way of working.

"I am a Porto fan, an Inter fan, a Chelsea fan, I am crazy about Real Madrid, I am now a Roma fan, I belong to all those clubs because we had these moments together."

Mourinho never had a magical moment with Spurs, unlike the teams the Special One listed.

In fact, before he even got the chance to potentially win Spurs their first trophy since 2008, he was brutally sacked.

Mourinho was dropped in the build-up to last season's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

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Ryan Mason took charge instead – and lost.

And Spurs may be kicking themselves with that decision as Wednesday's European final showed Mourinho knows how to get results on the big occasions.

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