Mour Misery At Home For Tottenham
With Tottenham being held at home to Fulham on Wednesday night, it was once again a case of opportunity missed for the North London outfit and with Jose Mourinho’s men throwing away another winning position, fans are questioning whether the self-appointed ‘special one’ is actually that special at all.
Of course, that moniker is not really used in this day and age and is more a throwback to a different era, an era when Mourinho was bullish on the touchline, as his Chelsea charges mirrored that on the way to two successive Premier League titles.
Something that Tottenham supporters can only dream off at present and with the club seeing a proliferation in the size of their American fanbase in recent times, those residing within the state of Indiana may have bemoaning their beloved’s fortunes against Fulham.
With Indiana seeing an increase in betting activity over the past few years, those stateside Spurs would have likely backed their team to win and win comfortably, something that was not the case and although a losing betting slip is hard to stomach, two further dropped points is an additional bitter pill to swallow.
A pill that the players involved will have to digest over the next few days and just when it seems as if Tottenham’s cabal of stars can really mount a lengthy title challenge, they cede the chance in which to do so.
Which begs the question, is this down to the players or the manager? If you were to read the reaction on social media, then it is largely down to the manager and on the evidence of his recurring tactics, you would have to say rightfully so.
With Mourinho opting to name four central midfielders against Fulham, it was definitely a head scratching starting eleven and even more so, when you consider Moussa Sissoko was deployed as a right winger.
Even though Fulham were out of the blocks the quickest, it was actually the hosts who took the lead and with Harry Kane’s bullet header flying into the net, many would have hoped that he and his teammates would turn the screw and complete a comprehensive victory.
Instead, there was once again a sense of reverting to type and with Mourinho prepared to sit back and soak up any pressure that subsequently come Tottenham’s way, this was always going to present some form of risk.
A risk that turned into more of a self-fulfilling prophecy by the time Ivan Cavaleiro slammed home a header of his own and with time running out, it was once again a situation were Tottenham found the urgency that they should have applied throughout the game.
Too little, too late and even though defender Sergio Regullion placed the ball into the net, his celebrations and a potential first goal for the club where chalked off by the raising of the offside flag.
In fairness, had such a goal stood and given Tottenham the win, it would have been incredibly harsh on the visiting Fulham side and with them recording their fifth successive league draw, they are becoming a rather stable outfit. Stability that Wednesday’s opponents could only dream of.