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.
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.
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.
Of course, Mourinho’s criticism of Ndombele has been the centre of attention and perhaps that is why Mourinho elected to do so. It’s a bit of a gamble for Mourinho as there’s no telling how Ndombele will respond to this.
That said, Ndombele has been so poor recently, that it’s hard to imagine him playing any worse than he has done so far. Still, digging out a player in public in this manner is considered a hard line most managers will not cross. But this is Mourinho, after all.
After yet another horrendous first half performance, Spurs earned themselves a point at Turf Moor. A game they might have nicked if perhaps either Harry Kane or Son Heung-Min was on the pitch. Can we keep our Champions League campaign alive at Leipzeig? Doubtful.