Mour of the same Jose
Love him or loathe him, Mourinho never fails to disappoint in any capacity as far as the charisma and charm goes. It was great to see the special one back in the dug out where he belongs and back to see him in the Premier League. Mourinho has this aura that attracts so many to him which is probably why the league never quite feels right without him.
Having managed both Chelsea and Manchester United respectively and been very successful (contrary to what some might say), Mourinho embarked on his new journey as the Head Coach of Tottenham. Here stands the man ready for another challenge and renewed ambitions of dominating arguably the hardest and most competitive league in the world.
West Ham hosted Mourinho and Spurs and let’s face it, they have been a bogey team for Tottenham in recent times so where better to start right? Tottenham began the game on the offensive and looked like a team on a mission. The energetic display (a far cry from their previous lack luster performances) was breathtaking. Alli had a brilliant first half and played in a fashion that was reminiscent of his early days at Spurs.
Son opened the scoring in the 36th minute with an excellent finish into the bottom corner before Moura added a second in the 43rd minute to put Tottenham 2-0 up in the first half after a great bit of skill from Alli and Son’s delivery created the opportunity for the Brazilian to finish. Mourinho was back to his celebrating best as he gestured on the touchline much to the annoyance of the West Ham fans (hey give him a break it’s his first game back).
The introduction of Antonio gave some spark to West Ham’s attack as he constantly posed a threat to the Tottenham defence. Spurs captain, Kane made it 3 goals to nil with a headed goal and you just knew it would be Tottenham and Mourinho’s day. Antonio pulled one back for the Hammers in the 73rd minute which was well deserved for his spirited endeavour. West Ham scored another through Rice but was ruled as offside by VAR before Ogbonna’s injury time effort in the 96th minute to end the game 3-2 in Spur’s favour.
The verdict is Mourinho is back and ready to fight on all fronts and it seems from first glance that the players have responded and will play for him. How long will the love affair with Spurs last? Well your guess is as good as mine but we are all here for the ride and look forward to the future.
Mourinho may have had all the headlines this past week but the game of the weekend was between Sheffield United and Manchester United. Sheffield United had been two goals up thanks to efforts from Flecck (19th minute) and Mousset (52nd minute) and looked certain for all 3 points. However, Man Utd clawed their way back and had a very very very productive output between the 72nd and 79th minute where they managed to score 3 goals thaks to Willams (72nd minute), Greenwood (77 minute) and Rashford (79th minute).
United thought they’d done the impossible when Rashford scored only to be denied the 3 points thanks to McBurnie’s controversial equaliser in the 90th minute. There are suggestions that the ball hit his hand before he struck the ball. However, the goal stood after VAR checks and Sheffield United will be satisfied with the draw.
Liverpool continued their unbeaten run having overcome Crystal Palace away. Mane put the leaders ahead in the 49th minute before Firmino got the winner in the 85th minute to cancel out Zaha’s 82nd minute equaliser. Leicester also, staked further claim to the top 4 with a convincing 2-0 win over Brighton. Vardy and Perez providing the goals. There were also wins for Manchester City who beat Chelsea 2-1 and Wolves who beat Bournemouth by the same margin.
Arsenal could only manage a 2-2 draw against Southampton as the pressure mounts on Manager Emery. Will he be the next manager to get the sack or will another under performing manager be axed. The expectations in the modern game are very high and fans and supporters alike demand success. When this cries aren’t fulfilled it’s usually the manager’s head that rolls.
First of many!!!!!