Tottenham Hotspur had the chance to break into the Champions League places for the first time under Mourinho tonight, but failed to do so yet again.
A win over Chelsea last week would have done it, and a win against Norwich tonight would have too, but Spurs continue to limp in their pursuit of the top four.
However, let’s take a look at the players who did well tonight and were perhaps let down by their teammates:
Christian Eriksen –
This man simply must be at the top of the list. Eriksen ran the show in the second half, pulling all the strings in that Spurs midfield. He kept things ticking over, found balls in behind, and then pulled Tottenham back into the game out of nowhere with a sublime free-kick. Mourinho needs to do everything he can to keep Eriksen at the club.
Harry Kane –
The Spurs captain had to feed off scraps tonight, but he stood up to be counted when his club needed him, as he so often does. Played in behind by Alli, Kane cut back in delightfully and took the challenge of the Norwich defender for the penalty. He then dispatched it cooly as Kane so often does. Make this man five chances a game and you will likely win every game.
Lucas Moura –
Only came on at half time, but I thought Moura gave Spurs everything that was lacking in the first 45. He carried the ball, he gave the team pace in behind, he beat players, but most importantly he did not give up on a single ball, winning it back time and time again. Sometimes a bit of effort and drive is all you need.
Davinson Sanchez –
Again, he only came on at half time, but what a performance from the centre-back. If there were any doubts over who the best defender at the club is now, they should be settled. Sanchez has everything needed to become one of the best defenders in the league.
Tanguy Ndombele –
Not too much to shout about in the first half, but Ndombele was set free in the second 45 and absolutely ran the show. He reminds me of Dembele in the way that he likes to feel the players on him before effortlessly rolling them. He carried the ball, won fouls, played balls out to the wings all day long, and even did a decent defensive job. Once Spurs find his best position, he will become a top player.
Honourable mention –
Ryan Sessegnon – While others at the back made mistake after mistake, Sessegnon held his position, tracked his men, and defended well. He also got forward and played the ball around nicely, even if his crossing needs some work.
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