Opinion: Well, that was better

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

After a good start under Mourinho’s tenure, winning all our home games, we then fell last week – away – when we faced Manchester United at Old Trafford.  I must also add, United followed that with beating their archrivals and second-placed Manchester City. So I suppose that puts our defeat into perspective (it sort of lessons the blow, and yes I know, its an excuse!).

But no hiccups when he arrived back home to our magnificent stadium.

The players have been feeling more confident and happy since Mourinho’s arrival. Under Pochettino it ended up all gloom and despair. Daniel Levy made the right move in handing him his P45. Even the fans can sniff silverware now. And no more ignoring League or FA Cup matches. But, to the match;

While we produced a “complete performance”, it was Son’s stunning solo goal that will capture the headlines. He also will be lauded on social media and that goal will endlessly be replayed in the coming months, if not decades. He was not only the first player to score at our new ground, but now he has scored the goal of the century… he certainly will be cemented into our history, if he wasn’t already. What a legend he has become.

So, how did he do it? Well, he collected the ball on the edge of his area when we were already 2-0 up. Son used his blistering pace to drive forward with the visiting players struggling to get back. The claret shirts that were behind him, beside him and in front of him were left nonplussed, too afraid of diving in, so he skipped through them. Suddenly he was confronted by the Burnley keeper Nick Pope, but then brushed him aside to score his goal. He maintained his impressive composure throughout his humiliating run (humiliating for Burnley, that is).

His response; “I think it is the best goal in my life” (BBC). An understatement there!

That match produced goals galore for us – and we finally had a clean sheet. The other contributors to Burnley’s humiliation were Kane (two), Moura and Sissoko.

Mourinho’s standing as one of the world’s leading managers, having delivered trophies at a host of top clubs, has been built on the defensive organisation and stability of his teams. But it was the attacking nature of Spurs performance that caught the eye. With us producing our most devastating display under his management (or coaching, whichever way you want to put it).

Looking to make amends for Wednesday’s limp defeat at Manchester United we hassled and harried from the first whistle. We pressed Burnley quickly and putting them under an amount of pressure with which they could not cope.

Kane’s quick opener set the tone, and even from that point, it looked as though Burnley would struggle to come away from north London with anything other than defeat. Our position was strengthened by Moura, and once Son added that stunning third, we then focused primarily on keeping a first clean sheet under Mourinho.

Giving us a solidness which disappeared in the dying embers of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign was high on Tottenham’s boss’ list of tasks.

Jose Mourinho has seen his side score five goals in the Premier League for the first time since January 2015 (Chelsea 5-0 Swansea). His Manchester United team never scored more than four goals in his 93 league games with the club. He has also never lost a Premier League game against Burnley.  He has won five and drawing three of eight matches – only against Swansea City (nine) has he played more games without tasting defeat in the competition.

What’s next? Well, we round off our Champions League group-stage campaign with a trip to German. This is to face champions Bayern Munich tomorrow, a match that has nothing at stake with both sides having already qualified for the knockout stage. Then we return to Premier League action when we go to our nearest rivals Wolves, on Sunday.

So, that’s it, folks. Not a bad days work. We must now show consistency, goals and results to help push us up the table.

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