Ronaldo, Rooney and memories
"Our job is to accumulate points but knowing the competition is really fierce. We try to improve and see where that takes us."
To add another level of intrigue, Frank Lampard, one of Mourinho's loyal lieutenants during his two spells in charge, will be the man trying to outfox him, knowing defeat would see Spurs leapfrog his side into the top four.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at Wednesday's routine press conference that China is concerned about the current sensitive and complicated situation and urged relevant parties to stay restrained.
However, the Premier League is the one they really have in their sights as they seek a first English title since 1990.
He likened their treatment of her to that faced by his mother. Princess Diana died in 1997 when her car crashed as it was being pursued by members of the paparazzi.
Teenager Bianca Andreescu of Canada soared even more dramatically, from 178th to fifth in the world, beating Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Japanese international Takumi Minamino signed for Champions League holders Liverpool on Thursday for a reported fee of 7.25 million pounds (.5 million) from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg, the Premier League leaders announced.
City have yet to beat the Spanish side with two draws and two defeats in their previous four meetings.