Tottenham can blame striker crisis but defensive selection cost them v Wolves

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S inability to sign a Harry Kane backup is widely criticised and is already being blamed for a potentially flat end to their season.But it was Jose Mourinho’s bizarre defensive selection rather than any lack of firepower up front that handed Wolves a 3-2 victory in North London today.4 Jose Mourinho’s defensive selection cost them the game today not his lack of strikersCredit: EPA4 Davinson Sanchez had an afternoon to forgetCredit: Getty Images – GettyAn attacking quartet of Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn – while missing an out and out goalscorer – did not look too shabby going into the game.And sure enough, Spurs started with intent and were ahead inside 13 minutes thanks to Bergwijn’s stabbed finish that came from a well saved Alli effort.Lo Celso was pulling strings throughout and while they looked a little blunt in spells, thanks to Serge Aurier’s peach on the stroke of half-time, their depleted attack managed to put two goals up before the break.Enough for most Premier League teams to win at home right?Wrong.4 Eric Dier looked out of his depth at centre-backCredit: Getty Images – GettyBecause while being forced to tamper up front, Mourinho inexplicably decided to do the same at the back.With experienced pair Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld on the bench, the Special One opted for a back-five of Aurier and Ben Davies as wing-backs with inexperienced Japhet Tanganga, midfielder Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez in the middle.The three in the middle all had afternoons to forget as Dier failed to clear Ruben Vinagre’s cross for Wolves’ first, Tanganga got sat down by Raul Jimenez for their third and Sanchez kept himself free from direct embarrassment by remaining yards away from the action for most of the afternoon.When quizzed on the peculiar selection after the game, Mourinho pointed to Tanganga and Sanchez’s pace and offered that as the reason for their inclusion.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himBut while they may be quicker across the ground than Spurs’ benchbound and highest paid defenders, Vertonghen and Alderweirweld would surely have offered more from a positional sense the men they were replaced by.But alas, more points dropped as Spurs slipped to seventh.However, at least the conversation switched back to strikers after the game with Mourinho quick to remind waiting reporters that young forward Troy Parrott is “still not ready”.4 Japhet Tanganga will want to forget this afternoon in a hurryCredit: Getty Images – GettyMan Utd striker Marcus Rashford set to hand England huge Euro 2020 boost by returning in time for tournamentlast_img

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