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Love Beating Thy Neighbour: Jose Mourinho’s divine record in local derbies

by Josh Powell | September 26, 2013

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By Josh Powell | Tottenham v Chelsea

Jose Mourinho must have skipped religion class the day everyone learned about the Ten Commandments. Either that or he completely disregards the principle to ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ every time he faces a local club, and promptly steam rolls them with ease.

He might not want to be called ‘The Special One’ anymore, but his divine record in local derbies is extraordinary.

Covering five clubs, four countries and 13 years, Mourinho has repeatedly made his neighbours’ lives hell. It’s not quite at the same level as taking a dump in a bucket and launching it at opposition managers, but it does make for some convincing statistics and a cheeky table.

Mourinho’s divine record

Team Opposition Won Drawn Lost
Benfica Sporting Lisbon 1 0 0
Porto Boavista 5 0 0
Chelsea (1) Everyone in London 26 9 2
Inter Milan AC Milan 3 0 1
Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 8 0 1
Chelsea (2) Everyone in London 1 0 0
TOTAL Played: 57 Won: 44 (77%) Drawn: 9 (16%) Lost: 4 (7%)
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SOMETHING SPECIAL – Jose has every reason to sit there grinning smugly with that win rate

Holy Moses, that is some record. Take out the cup competitions and his win percentage goes up slightly higher to 78 per cent. It is bleak reading for Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea are 13/8 to come away from White Hart Lane with all three points and continue Mourinho’s fantastic record of tonking teams who play close by. For the more conservative fan they can back Chelsea in the draw no bet market at 10/11, with the safety cushion of getting their money back if the match finishes level.

In Jose’s defence…

Punters looking for a bit of Saturday lunchtime value might consider Chelsea to win to nil at 7/2 or Chelsea to keep a clean sheet at 23/10. In Mourinho’s 46 local derbies in league games his side has kept a clean sheet in more than half of the matches – 25 to be precise. Take out the home games and the record is still a very impressive 11 clean sheets from 22 matches.

The last three derby games between Spurs and Chelsea have produced a whopping 16 goals but that’s what happens when you let attacking mavericks like Roberto Di Matteo take control of the club.

From Jose’s 57 local derbies his side has failed to score on just four occasions – against Spurs, Arsenal, Fulham and AC Milan. Mourinho’s men have banged in 110 goals in the other matches, averaging almost two goals a game. It is 11/4 for Chelsea to score exactly two goals and 12/1 that they win 2-0 in North London.

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