FA chairman tells Premier League season cannot be completed:

Yes, time to accept the harsh reality. Cancel all competitions, public health concerns come first. Then you can argue about the petty consequences of titles, promotions and relegations later. 

Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL suspended until 3 April at earliest:

As expected, football events are suspended to prevent the spread of covid-19. Question is what shape the world will be in April. Hopefully, governments and people do whatever is necessary to contain the outbreak. Fingers crossed. 

Be safe and stay healthy. 

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager tests positive for coronavirus:

And yet the Premier League is still going on this weekend as per normal? The UK is not taking covid-19 seriously at all! Anything to do with Boris Johnson’s close relationship with Donald Trump? Madness. Mm. 

(via “We don’t need a massive rebuild” Jose Mourinho philosophical after Leipzig loss – YouTube)

Most fans and pundits would agree that Spurs DO indeed need a massive rebuild. So is Mourinho simply towing the Levy line as the chairman has already expressed reluctance to spend in the summer? Or does he really believe that the present squad is good enough – when all the injured players available again – to challenge on all fronts? 

Considering that Mourinho has – apart from his time at Porto – spent big to achieve much of his success – this is very strange indeed. We shall see, I guess. 

This is the statement that demonstrates that Daniel Levy and ENIC has taken us as far as they can. Time for a change. 

After our ignominious UCL exit last night, the only competition left to fight for is the Premier League. A top 4 or top 6 place remains the goal but is it a realistic target?

Seriously, I even have doubts that we will get another win this season never mind qualify for Europe. Let’s take a look at the fixtures ahead. 

Man Utd (H) – Flying right now with Bruno Fernandes. Loss. 

West Ham (H) – Hammers will be up for it as usual. Loss. 

Sheff Utd (A) – Blades were unlucky not to beat us at our own patch. Loss. 

Everton (H) – Toffees re-energised under Carlo Ancelotti. Loss. 

Bournemouth (A) – Tricky one but maybe nick a point. Draw

Arsenal (H) – This will be painful. Hard to take. Loss. 

Newcastle (A) – What will we be fighting for by this time? Draw

Leicester (H) – Foxes have overtaken us this season. Loss. 

Crystal Palace (A) – Dead and buried. Nothing to play for. Draw. 

I ask again – do you see us winning any of these games with most of our best players unavailable and Levy depriving us of solid squad players??? 

Roll on, 2020 – 2021. 

Well, nobody was seriously expecting any miracles this time round, without the injured personnel but the manner of the defeat still stung.

Some takeaways from the game – 

1. Serge Aurier has to be replaced once and for all. He is a liability. 

2. Playing without a recognised striker just does not work. The price of not having a solid back-up (or two) for Harry Kane is too obvious that surely Daniel Levy cannot be excused from blame anymore. 

3. Tanganga is definitely one for the future. Loads of potential. We need to build our defence around him ultimately. 

4. Individual errors continue to haunt us. Lloris and Aurier at fault for the goals conceded and that defence requires a massive overhaul. 

5. Lo Celso probably needs to be pushed further forward where he can do hurt defences. ideally, Ndombele should be in central midfield dictating play but the fact that Mourinho did not play him at all does not bode well. 

Well, I have been saying the season was over the moment Sonny was ruled out for the rest of the season and it was just taken a couple of weeks to be confirmed. Technically, we are still in the race for the Top 4 but realistically, I cannot even see us winning another game this season. Onwards to 2020-2021.

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Mission impossible? A goal down from the 1st leg and even more players unavailable (add Ben Davies and Steven Bergwijn to the list!), it’s difficult to imagine anything but an exit from the Champions League tonight. 

(via PRESS CONFERENCE | JOSE MOURINHO & DELE ALLI ON LEIPZIG – YouTube)

Really dark times for Spurs now. 

Mourinho will have to prove that he is indeed the ‘Special One’. 

Promises to win trophies with Spurs. We’ll hold you to that, Jose. 

Jose Mourinho was right… Tanguy Ndombele’s display was a disgrace, says Jamie Carragher:

Jamie Carragher weighs in on the Mourinho – Ndombele debate.