Funken Thinks…

It probably does, though. At least for the next two seasons.

A week might seem a long time in politics, but it can be a damn sight longer when you’re a Spurs fan, all hopes and expectations of catching Liverpool off form ahead of avenging our previous disaster at Brighton suddenly seeming as if they belonged to a point in time several seasons ago.

Which, in reality, they probably did.

As gutting and gutless as the second half against Liverpool and game against Brighton were, it’s no use pretending these problems have only beset us since Mourinho took over from Pochettino.

Pochettino’s team that capitulated 0-3 in the same fixture last season was arguably made up of a better starting eleven and set up to play in a more natural shape, Kane up front, Son, Eriksen and Lamela behind, Dier and Ndombele in midfield and a back four of Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and… Sissoko at right back being the only square peg.

Maybe as retribution for what had happened against Bayern a few days earlier, two of the team who got thrashed that night – Aurier and Rose – were nowhere to be seen. Dele, who’d also played the whole Bayern match, was an unused substitute.

Maybe Aurier and Rose were injured, maybe Dele had a tweak, but it all smacks of different managers, same old attempts at solutions to me.

But 180 minutes of abject wrongs across two very different managers and two separate seasons do not make a right.

And the whole point of going for Mourinho rather than giving Pochettino time to recover or appointing someone who shared Pochettino’s philosophy was supposedly to land the finished article, a man who wouldn’t need to learn on the job, a man who wouldn’t need to placate us with talk of a five year project, a man who didn’t have a trophy-less glass ceiling to break through.

A man who, before he was given the job, had clearly stated Spurs already had a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League and had a track record to suggest he knew how to get the job done.

Irrespective of injuries, loss of form, anyone no longer in favour, what sort of job do you hope to get done against a Brighton team who haven’t won at home all season and have only managed twenty-two goals across twenty matches when you select a five man defence featuring wing-backs who aren’t renowned for supporting attacks and Hojbjerg sitting deep in midfield?

We really did look abject from the off, and it can’t have been helped by all the chopping and changing, with poor Joe Rodon – our single survivor from Thursday’s back three – asked to play left of the three rather than right of the three as he had against Liverpool and Ben Davies asked to play in a position an under-performing right wing-back had been preferred in just four days before.

Was Sissoko relieved, confused or disappointed to find himself playing right wing-back instead of up front, as he seemed to be asked to play against Fulham, the last Premier League game he was trusted to start?

I don’t think this has to be the start of the end for Mourinho at Spurs, but something has to change and change very quickly if that’s not to be the case, because I can’t think of a Spurs manager under Levy who has survived a prolonged slump, no matter what they might have achieved at other clubs or previously at Spurs.

And this is getting close to prolonged slump territory considering that since we drew with Chelsea and then beat Arsenal to stay top of the league across match-weeks 10 and 11, we’ve lost four and drawn three of our nine league games. We might still be in the cups, but we’ve only played lower league sides through this period and failed to convince against the majority of those.

What’s even more concerning is that from the start of the season – but increasingly across this run of games – Mourinho has discarded Dele after one half of Premier League football, benched Bergwijn seemingly as punishment for two missed chances, chopped and changed without any logical pattern between a back four and back five, failed to find a way to successfully integrate Bale or Vinicius, seemingly given up on Moura – a previous favourite of his – and now seems to have fallen out with every fit senior full-back not called Ben Davies.

He seems to have forgotten Sissoko is a midfielder as well.

Fair enough, he has been without Reguilon since the win over Sheffield United, was without Kane for Brighton and the usual suspects Lamela and Lo Celso have only been intermittently available, but for the team to fall apart following the first goal against Liverpool and then just not show up against Brighton suggests there’s something deeper going on.

The fact Mourinho has been shuffling his pack on such a regular basis since the narrow wins stopped stacking up also suggests he doesn’t know what to do about it or has chosen to omit selected scapegoats for each poor result irrespective of previous form or potential impact on the overall team, because right up until that poor performance against Leicester, we played a back four in the Premier League, and following the 3-3 draw against West Ham, if fit, Dier played left central defence, Alderweireld played right central defence, and Sissoko played midfield.

But the last time Alderweireld and Sissoko featured in the Premier League on a regular basis was that loss against Leicester.

Following that, we switched to a back three against Wolves with those two omitted, back to a back four featuring Alderweireld against Leeds, kept with a back four against Fulham but with Alderweireld dropped for Sanchez and Sissoko seemingly playing up front, switched to a back five with both Alderweireld and Sanchez on the naughty step against Sheffield United, kept with that back five but with Doherty replacing Reguilon and Alderweireld and Sanchez still on the naughty step against Liverpool and then again plumped for a back-five against Brighton but this time without recognised wing-backs and Dier dropped but Alderweireld and Sanchez back once again – yet this time with Sanchez on the right, Alderweireld in the middle and Rodon on the left.

I know Brighton aren’t a bad side and have just beaten Liverpool. I know, as we and Sheffield United proved against Manchester United and then Manchester United proved against Southampton, that any team can get a result against any team in this league. I also know that we’re in a cup final and still in the FA Cup and Europa League and not completely adrift of top four. But this just doesn’t smell of cohesive proactive strategic squad management to me, and in terms of quality of performance and evidence of a long term strategy, things have been getting worse, not better.

But never mind, here come Chelsea with their brand shiny new chic German manager to make it all better.

Even if we weren’t on a run of two wins from nine games, even if we hadn’t lost the last three Premier League games we’ve played against this lot, even if they were still being managed by Frank Lampard, and even if they hadn’t just welcomed two players who always seem to love to play against us – Alonso and Azpilicueta – back into Frank Lampard’s vacated fold, I wouldn’t be looking forward to this one.

I’m definitely going to be watching, but with a cold sense of dread in my hope weary heart for just how ugly this might end up.

And, talking of hope, my main hope, where this game is concerned, is for a simple formation featuring the best players we have available playing in the actual positions they tend to play best in, simple tactics designed to get the best out of whoever’s selected, and something that reminds us of this:

Or this:

Or this:

Hell, right now, I’d even settle for a ninety minute scoreline like this:

Come on you Spurs!

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Eddie
Eddie
1 year ago

Well hi all. To be honest i think the players we have could play better under a different manager for a bit. BUT. and ive thought this for a long while. We buy thick athletes making their money as ‘players’. Without erickson the brain cell count is pretty low. Id put bale in that too. We need a thick manager for a thick team. HR mk 2. Bring it on. Run abaat a bit xx

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 year ago

Although JM needs to take some of the blame…I believe the players are more to blame for the lack of commitment – especially in the first half.

How come they improved in the second half – albeit a small improvement – following a half time shellacking?

Yes we are missing some players who would add to our attacking play – but we’ve just missed the chance to reinforce that defence…if you can call it that.

Davies. Dier.Son and Bergwijn all tried to shore up our left side against an obvious double wing back Chelscum right flank without success. Our left side is dompletely crap!

Davies has to go. I bloody hate watching his lack of enterprise and stifling mentality.

We are playing the worst football in the PL.
I cannot remember any of our teams playing with such lack of commitment and endeavour.

Pig headed JM will bring back Dele…and then drop him again after only giving him a game and a half to get his fitness and mojo back.
If I was Dele I’d go public. Stuff this for a season.

Fans in the stadium would be staying behind to protest at this crap. I certainly would.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Are they voting on MJT now, or just voting to allow the motion?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Voting to remove

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

From her committees, to be clear.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

In the words of Lt. Lockhart::

Shit Sand.jpg
SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Hmm, and our next game is at 0400 on Sunday. That might be an easy decision for me.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I can’t wait, attacking, swashbuckling, cavalier go gettum footy. I’m already excited.

Last edited 1 year ago by You Conte be serious!
HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

I hate to admit this, being a diehard fan and all, but I seriously don’t want to watch these guys for a while. I will probably fall off the wagon but that is how I feel right now.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

You’re not alone Dawg, it’s all rather depressing atm.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Can’t blame you. When the results and the football are both poor, it’s tough to stay engaged.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Mourinho: “Reguilon means something for our attacking football. Harry Kane means something to our attacking football. Giovani Lo Celso means something and a good Dele Alli that we haven’t had yet also means something to that.”

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Yet 15 months later we’re still average at best.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

If we rely so much on a left back for attacking football then Ben Davies needs binning ASAP.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

#mehdiversionarytactics

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

3 league losses in row, and unless I’m missing a bad patch, you have to go back to 2012 under Redschnapps for the last time that happened.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Fuck it,I’m over it already.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Paleo

I was over it before we kicked off.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

I was over it last Saturday evening.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Guys, when we beat City on pens in the League Cup, these little blips will seem like nothing.

Paleo
Paleo
1 year ago

Playing scared,always the safe unproductive pass,nobody keen to be on the ball(except Lamella).Thoroughly shitty.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
1 year ago

At least I have that world weary Spurs feeling again, but it’s supposed to be losing 2-3 playing a 1-1-8 formation, not this.

Flat Oeuf
Flat Oeuf
1 year ago

Didn’t see many of ours looking like they really cared that much that they lost.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Flat Oeuf

To be fair, neither do I.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Same 👂

DAVID
DAVID
1 year ago

Didn’t watch tonight, still pissed off by the no show against Brighton where they didn’t seem bothered either.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID

Wasn’t going to watch, wish I hadn’t bovvered.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Cue Jose telling the world we were the best team in the second half and should have got a point.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
1 year ago

NAGELSMAN!!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

St Totteringham’s day is coming.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago

Well, we mostly held them out. Knock out the individual mistakes and the 0-0 draws will flow like a river.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Jake on the money…

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Look on the bright side chaps, we’re one game nearer to JM’s departure..

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Sadly he seams to be flame proof

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

Perhaps all we need is water (thinking of the wicked which of the West..)?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Which wicked which?

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
1 year ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

too much compo to pay out

Flat Oeuf
Admin
1 year ago

Good points below, MiT

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

I think all things considered in the match that was a decent result.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

Crud.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

In Mourinho we trus….

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Not sure I’ve ever seen Son win a header.

Flat Oeuf
Admin
1 year ago

Or Spurs win a PL game

Flat Oeuf
Admin
1 year ago

Not Dier please

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Strange how we often provide the 5 mins before end siege.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  wasdanspurs

Yep, but why?

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
1 year ago

Fucksake

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Jeez

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
1 year ago

How did Dier let that go out?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Well, it all began many years ago..

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 year ago

Fakinel, even Sherwoods Spurs would look good compared to this.

Bru Chimp McG
Bru Chimp McG
1 year ago

Least Aurrier putting in some effort

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
1 year ago

Hugo’s done well.

Jan Vertiginous
Jan Vertiginous
1 year ago

Why take Ndombele off who is creative and leave the two holding players on 🙄

No risk taken losing with 20 mins to go.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
1 year ago

I feel our third half-hourly attempt on goal coming.

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