Déjà vu: a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
When Ivan Cavaleiro glanced his header past Hugo Lloris with 15 minutes, levelling the game at 1-1, everyone associated with Tottenham Hotspur was hit with a horrible sense of Déjà vu.
It’s now Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Fulham where Spurs have let their leads slip. 10 points dropped, only Brighton (12) and Sheffield United (11) are guilty of more (SkySportsStatto).
And the worst aspect of the gut-wrenching equaliser was that it was completely deserved. Spurs played well in the first half but didn’t kill the game off with the multiple golden chances through the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
The second half saw Fulham poke the ball around for fun, attack space and ask questions of the Spurs defence with all the swagger of a side that knew that they could get something from the game.
That’s a problem. This growing reputation of allowing sides back into games is clearly showing with the opposition not fearing or bowing out when they find themselves a goal down.
However, today could have been so different. When Son raced through from Ndombele’s pass – he usually scores.
In a cruel and swift change of fortunes, Fulham’s well-worked equaliser only came two minutes after the ball crashed off the post.
Mourinho has to take some blame. His substitutions didn’t reek of ambition to switch the game in our favour, even though the entire second 45 suggested that Fulham were well able to get their goal.
Vinicius and Lamela were the two players brought on, both after the equaliser. The roles of Bale, Lucas, and Dele was simply to keep the bench seat warm.
When you need a goal, chasing a game – is having Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Ndombele all on the pitch the best way to force a goal?
In this frantic league where there are genuinely seven or eight contenders for top four, nights like these have to be three points.
“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season,” Mourinho said after the game.
Yes, we’re well aware. Now, you have to come up with the answers.
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