Category: West Ham United

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The humble one began his tenure as Spurs’ head coach with an away win at West Ham – Spurs first Premier League win on their travels for almost a year. 

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Jose Mourinho kept to his new image with these words post-match : "It’s not about me; it’s about the players and club. I will hate if somebody says ‘Jose made an impact.’ I made no impact. Nothing. I just helped them a little bit to win this match.“

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Truth be told. Mourinho selected a team that echoed the best days of Pochettino’s Spurs. A 4-2-3-1 formation that crucially played Dele Alli behind Harry Kane in a number ten role. For 70s minutes at least, Spurs played the Hammers off the park, with a deserved commanding three goal lead. 

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By all accounts, Mourinho’s humble words rang true, the new coach did nothing radical. However, the difference in the players’ confidence and attitude was marked and in contrast to recent league form. 

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Noticeably, there was a whole lot of vim and zest about Dele Alli’s performance as he linked play brilliantly in Spurs’ offence. And while it is true that West Ham’s defending was shambolic, the home team had no answer for the cut and thrust of Spurs’ play. 

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Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all profited from Alli’s Man of the Match performance with a three goal lead established early in the 2nd half. However, the fact that Spurs faded badly in the last 10 minutes will be a cause of concern (not to mention the concession of two goals) for Mourinho but there is time for him to fix that. 

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There is no doubt that this much-needed win bore the thumbprint of the best of Pochettino’s management, there is no doubt that despite his protestations to the contrary Jose Mourinho did indeed make an impact. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

It’s back to business for Tottenham Hotspur after days of shocks and reluctant acceptance of the new normal. Yes, Jose Mourinho is the new head coach of Spurs and he leads his charges into a traditionally difficult fixture – away to West Ham United. 

Since his appointment, Mourinho has been making all the right noises publicly, paying tribute to the work of Mauricio Pochettino, praising his current squad and buying into the vision set out by chairman Daniel Levy. 

Whether or not any of this is true or simply an excellent PR exercise, the real test is on the pitch and really that’s the ONLY thing that matters to Spurs fans. Despite our affection for Pochettino (and what he has achieved), there’s no escaping the fact that our form in 2019 has been poor. Relegation form, in fact. With recent games and results casting a pall over everything related to Spurs. 

No more arguments over what might have been as all we have is the here and now with Mourinho and fingers crossed, we long-suffering Spurs fans will finally get the results that we deserve – Mourinho can talk all he wants, the irrefutable evidence of his impact will be seen in the upcoming games – with West Ham coming up first on Saturday.

Both Spurs and the Hammers have been having torrid times in recent games and so, this is a crucial match for both teams. It has to be noted that the last time Mourinho was at the London Stadium with Man Utd he lost 1-3 and the Hammers will be looking for a similar result, especially in the knowledge that their team typically raise their game for these fixtures, viewing it as some kind of cup final. 

Will Spurs get the benefit of a new coach bounce – Spurs fans are entitled to expect nothing less, considering Mourinho’s vaunted reputation. Emotionally, the players may also want to do well as a tribute to the departed Pochettino, though it would be all too little too late. Thus, I fully expect Spurs to get all three points. Nothing else matters. 

Starting line-up? Who knows. What is evident is that the likes of Lloris, Lamela and Vorm are out, with Ndombele and Vertonghen due for late fitness tests. Mourinho will probably keep faith with his favoured 4-3-3 formation but your guess as good as mine. 

Gazzaniga, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Ndombele, Sissoko, Alli, Lo Celso, Son, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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Fixture congestion, injuries to key players, fatigue and the weight of expectation is threatening to completely derail Spurs season in its most crucial period. 

After three mammoth games battling the world’s most expensive team and accrediting themselves admirably, not to mention squeezing out a late win over “park-the-bus” Brighton, the West Ham game was just one match too many to get over the line. 

And yet, another massive confrontation looms quickly on the horizon… 

With Ajax having the weekend off, and with Spurs’ latest setback, it’s very hard to see how Spurs can overcome the odds to earn for themselves an unprecedented Champions League final place. 

As it stands, Spurs would probably still be without Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, which is a massive blow, as central midfield has been a real problem in their absence. 

Eric Dier is hardly match fit, Dele Alli is playing with a broken hand, while Danny Rose is like a fish out of water in that unfamiliar role. Amazingly, Spurs need to look to Victor Wanyama to take charge in the middle of the park. 

Not only that but when you consider that Heung-Min Son will be suspended for that home leg and the enormity of the task becomes evident. It’s really in the ‘magic’ hands of Pochettino now… 

Possible line-up : Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Dele, Moura, Llorente. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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