The deadlock is yet to be broken at half time in the FA Cup third round clash between Middlesbrough and Tottenham at the Riverside Stadium.
Jose Mourinho named a really strong side with the back four all keeping their place from the 1-0 defeat to Southampton. Eric Dier came into the side but instead of lining up as a defensive midfielder, the England international played on the right side of a back three with Serge Aurier and Ryan Sessegnon operating as wing backs.
Harry Winks was tasked with sitting in front of the defence while Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli provided the creative force behind Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.
While the system worked for the most part and Spurs were in complete control of the game, they failed to fashion many clear cut chances. Despite working it into the final third nicely on several occasions, the final delivery has let the away side down in the first half.
Some Spurs fans were left frustrated by the side’s failure to fashion more chances going forward
Think Dele Alli has been sleepwalking through this game.
— Vass Koni (@vkon1) January 5, 2020
Anyone expect anything different?
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) January 5, 2020
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) January 5, 2020
Dele's bro is back…..
— Spurs India 🙌 (@JuanfoythCDM) January 5, 2020
Spurs looking very comfortable in this formation and in a game where we’re dominating the ball, Winks is a real asset, keeping things moving quickly and showing for the ball constantly (which my goodness we’ve been lacking recently).
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) January 5, 2020
Spurs lacking attacking bite, again. Loads of the ball, passing and movement a bit better and the hope would be a chasing Boro will tire. But too many taking too much time, or running into blind alleys (Moura an e.g. but not alone).
— Adam Powley (@adampowley) January 5, 2020
What is the issue with Spurs? 1 shot on target against 16th in Championship. Son, Moura, Ali, Eriksen and 2 attacking wing-backs. Do we blame Jose the same way Poch got the blame? Or is it the players?
— colinxyz (@colinxyz1) January 5, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
On the whole, the performance has been good as we have completely controlled the game and haven’t allowed them too many prominent counter attacks. It is proving difficult to break Middlesbrough down as they are playing with ten men behind the ball. We need to patient and keep moving the ball quickly in dangerous areas. We will get chances in the second half.
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