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Mourinho aims to maintain record of fast starts

1 Sep 2020
Jose Mourinho

Spurs' head coach has a 90 per cent win-rate in the opening round of Premier League fixtures

As Jose Mourinho begins his first full season in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, he will seek to maintain his impressive record of getting his teams off to the best possible start.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has taken charge of 10 Matchweek 1 fixtures in the Premier League and won nine of them, averaging 2.8 points per opening match.

While four managers currently in the competition boast a perfect record, they have shown their consistency over far less time.

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola is the only one of the quartet to have overseen more than two opening-weekend matches.

And the Spaniard will not be involved in Matchweek 1 this season because his side finished their 2019/20 campaign late in the UEFA Champions League.

Best managers in Matchweek 1*
  Club Matches Win % Pts/match
Pep Guardiola MCI 4 100 3.0
Carlo Ancelotti EVE 2 100 3.0
Graham Potter BHA 1 100 3.0
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer MUN 1 100 3.0
Jose Mourinho TOT 10 90.0 2.8
Jurgen Klopp LIV 4 75.0 2.5
Brendan Rodgers LEI 6 50.0 1.7

*Ahead of the 2020/21 season

Another member of the 100 per cent club is Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, who will be facing Mourinho in the dugout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

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The Italian enjoyed a perfect start in both of his seasons with Chelsea in 2009/10 and 2010/11.

But Ancelotti faces a tough challenge as Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches against Everton, and have won their last three opening-weekend fixtures.

Everton can take heart, however, from the fact they were the last team to deny the north Londoners a Matchweek 1 victory, with a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in 2016/17.

See: Matchweek 1 records of all current managers

See: Everything you need to know about the 2020/21 fixtures

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