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Tottenham have given Jose Mourinho the perfect excuse to park the bus against Manchester City.
After they lost 5-4 at Everton you can see exactly why he plays so defensively, can’t you?
He can almost say: ‘I told you so! THIS is why I play the way I do,’ because if they open a game up, this is what happens.
Years ago he had a go at Arsenal for winning 5-4, saying it was a hockey score and that getting a result like that is disgraceful.
I genuinely think he believes that too.
Mourinho would rather win 1-0 than 5-4 – and let’s face it no-one ever wins the Premier League playing in nine-goal thrillers.
He clearly doesn’t rate the Spurs defenders. And I think he’s right. They are not good enough.
When Tottenham had Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in their prime, they were really strong at the back.
But time moves on. Vertonghen is gone. Alderweireld isn’t the same player.
Davinson Sanchez jumps into tackles too much and Eric Dier for me is better in the middle of a three where he can be a calming influence and step into midfield.
They bought Joe Rodon but he made a mistake for a goal against Liverpool and is out of the team again.
City have been through the same thing. For a while they were playing great football but were hopeless at the back.
Then they signed Ruben Dias and John Stones re-emerged, and now they never concede.
But Tottenham haven’t really gone into the transfer market to buy a top-class centre back for years.
I don’t know where Spurs are going at the moment. They are so reliant on Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
Going to extra time was the last thing Kane needed after coming back from his ankle injuries.
But if he doesn’t play against City, what chance do they have? Their only chance of getting something in the game is if Kane plays.
Without him springing Son on the break, winning free kicks, and holding the ball up, I think it will just be relentless pressure form City.
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Tottenham were title contenders a few weeks ago. Now you’re looking thinking if they finish top four they are pulling up trees.
The problem Jose has is that he has a team of defenders who have been protected for so long by two holding midfielders.
They’ve had so much protection that when they do open a game up and have a go at teams, they can’t defend. They get exposed and make mistakes.
The last time Spurs played City, they got their noses in front and held on.
But I could have played in that back four because they got so much protection from the players in front of them.
Harry Kane started in that game though.
Phil Foden has to play for England at the Euros now. He’s a shoo-in to make the squad in my opinion.
I said a while ago that he has to be playing regularly for Manchester City but he is doing that now.
Foden is a special talent and you have to give a lot of credit to Pep Guardiola for managing him just right.
There was lots of pressure for years to play him more often but he’s timed it just right and absolutely managed the lad to perfection.
Credit to Foden as well for not getting frustrated but Guardiola has seen what he’s seen in training and decided not to throw him in too early.
He’s looking ready to play every night now and he’s been outstanding recently. If he isn’t getting in the England team for the Euros we must be world beaters!
Him and Jack Grealish are our most talented players – any other team in the world would make room for them both and build around that.
Those two would get in any other team in the world and should be playing together for their country.
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Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most.
They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.
And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age.
I’m not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play as much.
But for whoever gets him, it will be worth it. He puts up numbers and he keeps on doing it. Whoever signs him will have a chance of winning the league.
Manchester United should also be in for him. Edinson Cavani has done great there but he isn’t the future of Manchester United.
If they went and got Haaland it would take them to another level. But do they go for Harry Kane instead?
Kane isn’t going to Chelsea. No chance. But he might go to United. And that would leave Chelsea to go for Haaland.
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