Have Spurs regressed under Mourinho?

Have Spurs regressed under Mourinho?

Last update: 10 July 2020 Tags: Spurs, Mourinho. Categories: Premier League, Featured.

As a Spurs fan, it seems a life time ago that they were in Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Against Bournemouth, they failed to register one shot on target in over 102 minutes against a side sitting in 18th place and who have conceded nine goals in their last two games.

Spurs, who are fighting for a place in Europe for next season were impotent in attack and negative throughout the game, even with the attacking prowess of Kane, Bergwijn, Lamela and Lo Celso to name a few.

It was a performance consistent with the negative style of football Mourinho has often been linked with throughout his career and is a far cry from the positive free flowing football Spurs fans had become accustomed to under Pochettino.

Again, like their match against Everton, Spurs looked like a side who did not know how to attack and lacked such confidence going forward and even in defence.

Spurs’ best chance and only real chance of note fell to Erik Lamela who glanced a header wide.
Mourinho may feel aggrieved as yet another VAR decision went against his Spurs side in the first half as replays show they should have been awarded a penalty as Kane appeared to be shoved in the back by King from a corner. VAR looked at the incident but decided it was not a foul.

Bournemouth also had their chances to win the game themselves in stoppage time when Callum Wilson’s acrobatic overhead kick was chalked off by VAR after the ball struck Joshua King’s arm on the way into the goal.

Harry Wilson also forced Hugo Lloris into a late save from close range, but the Frenchman did well to keep Wilson's shot out and secure a point for Spurs.

[caption id="attachment_23342" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur, 1, Torwart, goalkeeper)[/caption]

The point leaves Tottenham in ninth place, still one point behind north London rivals Arsenal who they face on Sunday.

Spurs fans will be worried that a performance like today’s will leave their north London rivals fans rubbing their hands with glee as they are set to face off in Sunday’s match after only scoring five goals in their last five games and conceding four. Whereas rivals Arsenal have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20) who is fighting it out for Premier League top scorer with Jamie Vardy (22).
Spurs’ Kane is currently in twelfth place with just thirteen goals this season.

Mourinho will have to find his inner 'special one' and find a way to turn Spurs' season around or it could be a season without European football for the first time since 2008/2009 which is not good enough for a club of Spurs' history.