Tottenham have put in another extremely disappointing first half performance against Southampton this afternoon as they trail 1-0 at the interval.
This is the third consecutive game in which the Lilywhites find themselves a goal behind at half time.
Mourinho abandoned his tried and trusted formation in favour of a conventional 4-2-3-1 for the game with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura playing behind Harry Kane.
While Spurs have looked relatively comfortable for most of the half, there has been a considerable lack of creativity in midfield. Ndombele had to be withdrawn midway into the half with a knee injury which has only served to further disrupt the Tottenham midfield.
The home side took the lead through Danny Ings in the 17th minute and despite a lot of huffing and puffing, Spurs haven’t come close to finding an equliser so far.
Some Spurs fans on social media were left extremely frustrated with yet another lackluster first half display:
Remember when we were hard to play against?
— Kieran (@Kieran_N17) January 1, 2020
Much like Norwich, this is utterly painful to watch from Spurs… #SOUTOT
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) January 1, 2020
Eriksen and Vertonghen have been pretty poor. We can’t go into games with three or four players contributing next to nothing. Need better.
— Vass Koni (@vkon1) January 1, 2020
Jose Mourinho teams can defend. We can’t fucking defend. Back the manager and sort this fucking disgrace out because we ain’t making EL with this back line
— Max 🌪 (@MaxTHFC_) January 1, 2020
That was not our half:
– decent penalty appeal (Dele) turned down.
– best player goes off injured.
– Sissoko has to switch to CM.
– GLC booked for calling for the most clear cut of yellow cards to be given.
– Vertonghen’s miss.
Sighs all round. Team talk going to be grumpy.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) January 1, 2020
Another awful first half
— Daniel Wynne (@danielwynne_) January 1, 2020
I see we’re picking up from where we left off in 2019. Just a chore even watching Spurs these days.
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) January 1, 2020
Spurs totally outplayed and behind at half-time.
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) January 1, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
Our tendency to start games slowly has now become an extremely worrying trend. Despite Mourinho identifying the problem clearly, he has still failed to get the team to start with more intensity. We need to show more urgency in the second half and get the ball to our forwards more quickly.
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