Jose Mourinho makes BOLD prediction about Burnley ahead of Turf visit!
Sean Dyche's side have accumulated a solitary point so far this term - accrued in the goalless draw against west Brom at The Hawthorns - but Mourinho acknowledges that Burnley's slow start doesn't, by any means, define their season.
"You will feel how strong they are by March or April when lots of teams will be fighting for relegation, and they will be already safe," said Mourinho, who had the most unlikely meeting with the Burnley boss in December.
"They will be already eight, nine or 10 (points clear), comfortable in the table. This is Burnley, so the fact they only have one point in this moment - they have played one match less and the fact they have one point doesn't tell me much.
"Burnley is Burnley and they know the way they want to play, the players they have, their style of play, the manager, nothing's changed there. It's always difficult and it's going to be difficult."
Mourinho isn't naive enough to underestimate tonight's hosts, despite his side's dazzling run of form.
Spurs are unbeaten in nine games across the board and have scored three of more goals in each of their last four games.
They've netted 11 times in their last two away games in the top flight, beating Southampton 5-2 at St Mary's and then hammering Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford.
Ahead of the meeting at Turf Moor, he said: “We're full of confidence, yes, but also aware of the difficulties.
“They [Burnley] know how they want to defend, how they try to hurt opponents offensively. Years and years the same coach, the same philosophy, much of the players the same too.
“I expect Burnley to try to stop us. And they do that for many years, with success in many cases."
Mourinho, who hasn't lost a game in nine outings against the Clarets, added: "They don’t concede many goals, they defend very well, they know what it is to stop the strongest teams from winning against them.
“So I expect a very difficult match and to be scoring goals is a consequence of how well we are playing. That of course brings confidence.
“We will go there confident. But I have to make sure I pass to the players my feelings and my feelings don’t change since the first day I played Burnley. It’s difficult.”