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Tottenham’s Champions League exit is really low – but somehow Jose Mourinho’s team has to get up for Man Utd on Sunday to save their four hopes that fade away
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In the last few weeks Jose Mourinho has highlighted the key players injured for Tottenham, but he was their captain and the no. 1 Hugo Lloris whose first mistakes, all familiar, which undermined any hope that the Spurs had overturned their last Champions League -16 draw with RB Leipzig.
The France goalkeeper was stuck too deep in his six-yard box to put a firm hand on Marcel Sabitzer’s first drive and then made a hash of the same close shot from the same player shortly thereafter.
With just 21 minutes, Mourinho’s plans were turned upside down and Tottenham needed three goals. With their sheared attack by Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn, they never seemed to have one. Emil Forsberg’s third for Leipzig simply highlighted the gap between the two sides.
It was a sorry way to exit the Champions League after the joy that Tottenham and his supporters had taken from the competition under Mauricio Pochettino last season. Now, with Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies and Juan Foyth also on the list of injuries, Spurs is on his knees, out of the cups and with a manager who has already declared his desire for this season to end.
The spurs are without a win in six. It is the worst series of Mourinho’s coaching career. Lloris may have been at fault on Tuesday, but Tottenham have conceded 38 goals in all competitions since Jose Mourinho took over. Only Aston Villa (42) had a worse total among the Premier League teams during that period.
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Out of shape, missing key players, defensive disorder, toothless on offense … But somehow the Spurs have to find ways to get up for an absolutely decisive game against the former Manchester United club of Mourinho on Sunday.
Tottenham vs Man Utd
March 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
Spurs already follow rivals London and Chelsea fourth in the Premier League by seven points. Manchester City’s potential ban on the Champions League could mean that fifth place would be enough for a place in next season’s group stage, but Spurs will also be seven points from that position if he lost to the Ole Gunnar-shaped side. Solskjaer.
This would leave this side of the Spurs, suffering from an injury, facing a practically insurmountable gap to overcome, with nine Premier League games following that United game. The Spurs had a favorable run-in, with Leicester the only current top-six scheduled after this weekend. But regardless, it’s hard to make a case for them by putting together a fairly strong run.
As a result, Sunday’s defeat would only end Spurs’ ambitions for the season – and have ramifications for Mourinho’s plans to improve his team in the summer transfer window.
Speaking with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust last week, President Daniel Levy admitted that the club’s transfer fees will be affected by not qualifying for the Champions League. “The funds were fenced in for the summer, but failure to qualify for the Champions League would have had an all-round impact,” he said.
With the Europa League qualifying slots potentially growing to the eighth this season, Spurs are likely to be in Europe next season regardless. But Thursday night football wasn’t the plan when they moved to that glittering North London stadium, or when they were saying goodbye to the Champions League final last June.
A few hours after exiting the European elite club competition, Mourinho must somehow find a way to motivate his downward team to return again on Sunday, to save their hopes of competing again at the highest table next time. .
But motivation is only one element of the competition. Given United’s impressive defeat against Manchester City last weekend – which combined defense organization, Bruno Fernandes’ creativity in midfield and growing confidence in attacks – Spurs faces a great challenge to match United with quality. in the field. Those three positive aspects of the United derby victory are traits that are lacking in this side of the Spurs.
Dele Alli was brutally honest when he said after his defeat in Leipzig that despite the injuries, the Spurs still have quality players available who don’t perform. Come Sunday, they have to step up.
Watch Tottenham v Man Utd live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Sunday; the kick-off is at 16.30.
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