Is Spurs’s season over in the absence of the talismanic presence of Harry Kane and/or Son Heung-Min, the departure of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli’s critical loss of form?
It sure feels that way. Spurs looked out of sorts the entire game against top 4 challengers Chelsea and while Stamford Bridge has never been the best place for us to visit even in the best of times, there was something rotten in that turgid performance that rang alarm bells.
There was no spirit and no ability in any of the players to affect the game in any meaningful way. Chelsea had an easy game by all accounts, as Spurs players simply watched the opposition pass the ball around unhindered. Quite disgraceful actually to see players give up in their heads for the duration of a game. At most, maybe there were two or three decent moves from Spurs throughout the game but they were rare indeed.
Chelsea were in fact, crap and any decent team should be able to put them to the sword. Which tells you a lot about where Spurs are at, in this present time. We made these crappy players look like Barca. Fact that we even managed a underserved consolation via an own goal tells you how bad Chelsea are. But they still beat us comfortably. And that stings.
I cannot see us winning another game or scoring another goal this season, that was how dire this performance was. Totally deflating. But fact is, this has been the new normal for Spurs this season. Ponderous, turgid, pathetic performances are par for the course. Mid-table mediocrity beckons. Blame falls square on Daniel Levy for doing nothing to secure a back-up for Kane in the last two transfer windows. Levy has destroyed our season. Sigh.
Putting aside the fact that this was a crucial home game against Top 4 challengers, this was a London derby and yet the Spurs players never turned up! Not only that but Jose Mourinho got his tactics and selection WRONG and was outwitted by a newbie. So much for the Special One!
To compound matters, horrendous individual errors from Paulo Gazzaniga and Son Heung-Min made things easy for Chelsea. Not that any of the other players will be able to escape blame for this disaster of a performance.
Now we Spurs fans love Sonny but seriously, he cannot be so naive & indisciplined as to be sent off already three times this year – yes I know the Everton red was rescinded but it made no difference to the final result – Mourinho has to sort Sonny out! No excuses for such careless behaviour!
We saw in the Wolves game that the central midfield combination of Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko just does not work and that Jan Vertonghen is exposed and vulnerable when played in this full back/centre back role. Without any other player covering, it gave Chelsea acres of space in that area of the pitch and its was exploited to the hilt.
Surely, Tanguy Ndombele should have started instead of Dier and once more we lost the midfield battle and could not get going offensively. Again, perhaps Lo Celso should have come on instead of the ultimately ineffective Eriksen. Baffling!
Why does Mourinho insist on employing this strategy when it has not worked against the top teams. Yes we should be encouraged by most of the results so far but the performances against Man Utd and Chelsea are very worrying. Mourinho has only been in the job for a month, so it’s still a learning process for him and the players but some of these key issues need sorting out and soon!
Brighton at home coming up on Boxing day to get things back on track!!!
Mourinho vs Lampard. Fourth vs Fifth. London rivalry.
Expect a cracker as points and pride are at stake with a few side narratives to consider as well.
Not much to say except that Mourinho has had another training week with the squad and they will be ready to have a go at Chelsea. Do not believe that Mourinho will make too many changes but would like to see Ndombele coming in for Dier. We will see! Spurs to edge the match!
Best time or worst time to play Chelsea? After all the brouhaha over the Carabao Cup final defeat and the Sarri-Kepa fiasco, playing Spurs at home might either see Chelsea rise to the occasion or fall apart in acrimony.
In any case, Stamford Bridge has historically not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs and this might well be one that will be too difficult to win.
However, after the Burnley loss, it’s likely that manager Mauricio Pochettino would have motivated the players to redeem themselves at the Bridge.
On the injury front, Eric Dier and Dele Alli continue to miss out and with Harrry Kane coming through his goal-scoring return at Turf Moor unscathed, Spurs look stronger than the last time they played at the Bridge in the Carabao Cup Final.
Could this be Spurs’ first league draw of the season? It’s been coming…
As usual, Poch provides some perspective in his post-match analysis of the Chelsea penalty shoot-out defeat in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg.
Love his positive attitude, despite the massive disappointment. You could see his reaction when Fernando Llorente missed a gilt-edged chance to put Spurs in the lead on aggregate. He is hurting inside but is thinking of the fans, the players and the club he represents.