Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ 0-0 draw against Bournemouth

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Tottenham Hotspur disappointed their fans once again this evening with a pitiful display against relegation-threatened Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The two sides saw out a boring, stop-start, and uninspiring 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium, although the home side had the better chances and spirit throughout.

Here is what we learned:

VAR trouble again for Spurs – 

It hardly seems worth mentioning because Spurs deserved absolutely nothing out of the game, but there was yet another shocking VAR call today. Kane was bundled over in the box with just four minutes on the clock, with the referee waving away his appeals. Michael Oliver looked at the incident using VAR but nothing was given.

Mourinho needs to change – 

Jose Mourinho needs to take a long and hard look at himself before deciding how he wants to proceed with this Spurs team. The spirit of the club and the current crop of players simply do not lend themselves to defensive football. We need to get back to how things were when the Special One first joined, with an emphasis on attack and pace.

Shocking full-backs – 

Aurier and Davies were shocking yet against today against the Cherries. They each had plenty of chances to cross the ball, yet I cannot think of one decent chance that came from such positions. Not only this, but they both happen to be pretty awful defensively too. Definitely two positions that need improving this summer.

Angry Harry Kane –

I refuse to believe that Kane is happy with the football Spurs are playing. He is one of the best players in the country, yet the team is not built to play to his strengths. The centre-forward is getting more touches in his own box than in the opposition’s, that is crazy! If Spurs aren’t careful, they will force Kane out the door.

The gap is HUGE!

If we are talking about Spurs pushing for a title in the next three years, which we should as the Lilywhites are aiming to be an ambitious team, then the gap is huge. Liverpool and Tottenham are like night and day at the moment. There are perhaps four players that Mourinho, or another manager, can build around. The rest are currently implying that they are not good enough.

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  1. The team is built to play downhill at the opponent, with several attacking options at the midfield position attacking in waves while the backline is trusted to hold firm on the inevitable counters. Mourinho wants to play rope-a-dope and just absorb pressure and counterattack. He needs to be more tactically flexible, it’s long past time for a 3 man back line.


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