Tottenham set for Jose Mourinho reunion with Roma pre-season friendly in Israel

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Tottenham are set for a grudge match against former manager Jose Mourinho this summer after announcing a pre-season friendly with Roma in Israel on July 30.

Spurs will face the newly-crowned Europa Conference League champions in Haifa's 30,780-capacity Sammy Ofer Stadium in their final friendly before the new season.

Mourinho was sacked by Spurs after 17 months in charge last April, six days before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City and they are the only one of his last eight clubs where he failed to win silverware.

He has since aimed a number of digs at Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, saying before Roma's Conference League semi-final against Leicester: "A semi-final gives you the right to play the final - if you are not sacked before the final."

There is also no love lost between Mourinho and current Spurs boss Antonio Conte, who was also preceded by the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ at Chelsea and Inter Milan.

The pair clashed repeatedly while Conte was at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United.

In a bitter war of words lasting more than a year, Mourinho inferred that Conte was a "clown" and referenced the Italian' hair loss and historic match-fixing suspension.

Conte accused Mourinho of having senile dementia (a Chelsea spokesperson later claimed he had meant to say “amnesia”) and described him as "a little man".

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"In the past he was a little man in many circumstances, he's a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future. I consider him a little man and I consider him a man with a very low profile," Conte said in January 2018, shortly before the pair called a truce.

Spurs and Roma have made a habit of playing in pre-season, having previously met in the summers of 2008, 2017 and 2018.

It will be the club's seventh visit to Israel, with the last coming in the UEFA Cup against Hapoel Tel Aviv in November 2007.

Spurs will play two games in mid-July as part of their pre-season tour of South Korea and face Rangers at Ibrox on July 23.

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