But the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday, with Tottenham struggling in the league after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games.
This season they were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries.
Ryan Giggs’s Wales side, who have already qualified for the play-offs should things not go their way, face Hungary in Cardiff knowing a victory will guarantee them a place at next year’s 24-team tournament and a chance to repeat their fairytale run to the semifinals in France in 2016.
Even without injured Liverpool goal poacher Salah, Egypt were expected to overcome traditional poor travellers Kenya at the vast 87 000-capacity Borg el Arab Stadium near Alexandria.
But after starting anxiously with every player behind the ball, Kenya had chances to score before they gifted Egypt the lead three minutes before halftime in the Group G clash. Bet Now on today’s AFCON Games on NaijaBet
A back pass from Erick Ouma in the centre circle to goalkeeper Ian Otieno was too weak and Mahmoud Kahraba took advantage to tap into the net.
Salah has scored six goals for Liverpool this season and was on target in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City which took his side eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. Bet Now
But the 27-year-old has had niggling injuries since twisting his ankle against Leicester City at the start of October, which forced him to miss the 1-1 draw at Manchester United, the only Premier League game Liverpool have failed to win this season.
Benin proved to be stubborn opposition during that run to the last eight but they may lack the firepower to respond if Nigeria get ahead. The home team should have enough calibre to ensure a hard-fought, narrow victory.
Manchester City know they simply have to win on Sunday. There is still a long way to go in the season but Liverpool have already shown they rarely drop points and City have to take advantage of when they play Klopp’s side. Their preparations in midweek couldn’t have gone worse and the absence of Ederson is a major blow for Pep Guardiola.
But Bayern sit fourth in the Bundesliga, one point behind second-placed Dortmund and four adrift of leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park in the German Super Cup in August, but Dortmund have unfinished business in Munich after suffering a 5-0 thrashing in April before their rivals went on to pip them to the title by two points. For high odds, Play bet on NaijaBet.com
“In the last five years, it has been hard to win there,” said Favre. “But, we have nothing to lose. We respect Bayern – we don’t fear them.”
The Costa Rican joined PSG in September from Real Madrid as Alphonse Areola moved in the other direction, and on Wednesday his late penalty save helped secure a 1-0 win over Club Brugge that clinched his side’s place in the last 16.
Indeed, the 32-year-old has let in only five goals in 12 matches for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“He is an extraordinary goalkeeper. He won three Champions Leagues with Real Madrid in a competition where goalkeeper is such an important position. They can change the outcome of a game,” remarked midfielder Marco Verratti after Wednesday’s game, in which Mauro Icardi scored the winner. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now
“He will bring so much experience and calmness to the side,” said sporting director Leonardo.
Partizan Belgrade have only won two of their last six matches in all competitions, losing the other four. Those two victories were both 4-0 wins. They have lost back-to-back away matches heading into Thursday’s match in Manchester. A low scoring game is expected here.
The Senegal forward added that the comments mattered little to him.
“I don’t pay attention to what he’s saying because it’s part of football,” he added. “If the ‘dive’ will give me a penalty then I will do it. Why not? But what coach Juergen (Klopp) said is correct. I do not dive.”
If that loss was defined by three goals conceded in seven mad minutes, this one was far less dramatic, a story of stodgy possession in front of their own fans, whose displeasure made for an increasingly sour atmosphere at Camp Nou.
Marco Reus’ injury woes continued at the weekend after lasting just 28 minutes before needing to come off in Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Wolfsburg with an ankle problem. He is not expected to recover in time to play here. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com
Paco Alcacer made his first appearance in over a month at the weekend but only got one minute of playing time. It’s unclear whether he is fit enough to start on Tuesday. Marcel Schmelzer is Dortmund’s only other injury concern.
President Uli Hoeness persuaded Rummenigge that the right man was Kovac, who endured a storm of criticism inside his first three months following back-to-back Bundesliga defeats by Hertha Berlin and Moenchengladbach.
Bayern still won the league and cup double last season, but the writing was again on the wall last month when Hoffenheim pulled off a shock 2-1 win in Munich. Sloppy defending also saw Bayern concede a late goal in their 2-2 draw at Augsburg a fortnight ago. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet.com
An unconvincing 3-2 victory at Olympiakos in the Champions League the following game moved Rummenigge to brand the performance “careless”.
Ajax have won both matches played since the 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, scoring four goals in each outing. Ajax have won their last four away matches in the Champions League, impressively beating Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham and Valencia in that time. Three of those were last season, however.
Chelsea –Late decisions will need to be made on Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen ahead of Tuesday’s welcome of Ajax. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a long-term absentee for the home side.
Pochettino – whose side were denied a first away win in the league since January with a late stoppage time equaliser from Cenk Tosun – blamed VAR for the red card as Son had been initially just booked.
Pochettino – whose side remain in the bottom half in 11th place with 13 points from their first 11 games – expressed his sorrow for Gomes but said a visibly distressed Son had not intended to provoke such an injury.
Karim Benzema was the star of the show, the Frenchman rounding off a superb attacking display with a goal from the penalty spot after Rodrygo, Toni Kroos and another spot-kick from Sergio Ramos had already put Leganes out of sight. Luka Jovic added a fifth in injury-time.
Zidane said he has spoken to Bale and saw him in the changing room at the Santiago Bernabeu. He was also asked if Bale had permission to leave the game five minutes before fulltime. “I think so,” Zidane said. “If he leaves five minutes before the game finishes, he can get home more easily.”
Chelsea are slight favourites heading into Wednesday’s match and will expect to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea-N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are all expected to miss out for Chelsea on Wednesday night. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also sidelined. For Boosted Odds, Bet Now on NaijaBet
Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick against Burnley on Saturday and Frank Lampard may look to pair him with Callum Hudson-Odoi on the flanks in midweek.
Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud will hope to benefit from rotation to get a rare start up front.