Opinion: The five key mistakes Jose Mourinho made last night against Bayern

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 3-1 defeat away to Bayern Munich last night in the Champions League, although the result bears no influence on the club’s season.

It was interesting to see how Mourinho switched the team up and the key decisions he made both before the game and in-game last night.

Here are five mistakes I think he made:

Not starting Troy Parrott – 

This lad has earned a starting spot at Spurs in the smaller games, and a friendly against Bayern was the perfect opportunity to start him. To rub salt in the wounds, Mourinho didn’t even bring the teenager on. I think it is a dangerous game to withhold chances from a bright prospect with just 18 months left on his contract.

Not starting Japhet Tanganga – 

The same can be said about 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga, only the problem is even more prevalent. The centre-back has just over six months left on his contract, but still failed to even come off the bench last night. It feels to me like he is being pushed towards the door.

Making Dier captain – 

Mourinho seems obsessed with rediscovering Dier’s best form in a Spurs shirt, but I am just not convinced it can be done. He looks no fitter or sharper now than he did at the start of the season and I think making him captain for the day only highlights Mourinho’s intention to stick with the player.

Taking Son – 

We saw the freak injury to Coman for Bayern in the first half, which looked to be extremely nasty and potentially long-term. What if that had happened to Son? What was the need for taking one of the club’s best players on a trip to Germany that meant nothing?

Lucas as a number 9 – 

He doesn’t like playing there, he isn’t particularly good at it, and it makes it extremely hard for Spurs to hold up and retain the ball. We are just starting to see positives from Lucas in a consistent starting spot on the right-wing, I think his time as a striker should now be over.

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