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Spurs are lifeless, clueless and dull – and Mourinho is running out of excuses

It took 87 minutes for Tottenham to create a clear goalscoring opportunity against Chelsea on Thursday.

Eighty seven minutes for a side boasting international talent such as Heung min-Son, Tanguy Ndombele and Steven Bergwijn to come up with even a glimmer of excitement as Carlos Vinicius put a header wide.

What had preceded those 87 minutes was football so utterly turgid, unimaginative and dire that even the most ardent Spurs fan would surely have turned at least at one point to idly scroll through their mobiles rather than pay attention to the dross being served up on their screens.

Tottenham were hopeless against Chelsea

They are supporters who have grown accustomed to failure, and are battle hardened against the jibes of ‘Spursing things up’ and the taunts about empty trophy cabinets.

But as the great Bill Nicholson said, “At Spurs we set our sights very high, so that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.”

At the moment Spurs are failing, alright – but the only echo comes from inside a cavernous 60,000-seater stadium which is devoid of soul, life and colour.

And if Nicholson were still around, one can only imagine what he would think of the methods of Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese schemer did what he always does after defeat – blame outside forces, blame injuries, blame referees, snap at reporters.

But the cold, hard facts are that he is reportedly the second best-paid manager in world football and currently cannot find a way for one of the most talented squads in Spurs’ history to score a goal.

Naturally, one of his get-out excuses was to point to the absence of the talismanic Harry Kane.

Jose Mourinho appeared to have run out of ideas on the touchline
Jose Mourinho appeared to have run out of ideas on the touchline

But anybody who knows anything about the England skipper should be well aware by now that he will always miss at least a month or two of any given season due to those troublesome ankles.

It is down to the coach to find a Plan B – and after over a year in charge and two transfer windows down Mourinho has not come anywhere close to doing so.

In terms of other attacking talent available to him he has managed to alienate Dele Alli, has seemingly done nothing to help bring out the best in Gareth Bale and is painfully over-reliant on two players.

Spurs’ top scorers in the Premier League this season sum it up – Kane and Son joint first with 12 goals each, Ndombele third on the list with… three.

A home match against West Brom at the weekend would normally be cause for optimism that the team can bounce back.

But with Kane still out, one can only imagine it will be another diabolical display of two sides waiting for the other to make a mistake.

Gareth Bale was once again not called upon
Gareth Bale was once again not called upon

This isn’t what Daniel Levy was promised when he was allegedly wowed by a Mourinho who allegedly spent months developing a new method before taking the Spurs job.

Of course, Mourinho is not solely to blame, and there are a number of Spurs players who are simply no longer good enough for the level the club aspires to be, particularly in defence.

Mourinho will also point to the fact that they are in a Carabao Cup final and still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.

But is it really worth it?

Is the mind-numbing, paint-drying, eye-gougingly bad football really worth it for a minor cup win or two?

Particularly during these strange times, watching one’s team play is one of the only releases many have in their daily lives.

Daniel Levy expected great things of Mourinho but he is yet to deliver
Daniel Levy expected great things of Mourinho but he is yet to deliver

And if they are to lose, at the very least they should lose with a bit of a flourish, or with something to shout about.

For Spurs to be defeated in a London derby in their own back yard having mustered up a grand total of one clear opportunity is truly unforgivable.

And unless it changes soon, no matter how expensive it is to do so, Levy may be left with no choice but to make a change.

Mourinho is facing his most critical few weeks in management.




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