After the criticism about Tottenham’s lack of spending in the summer, chairman Daniel Levy will be a happy man after that win against Chelsea.
It proved something I’ve always felt, that this Spurs squad is far stronger than people have suggested.
No Wanyama, Dembele, Trippier or Sanchez. On the bench Moura, Lamela, Vertonghen and Winks. Yet they were still far too good for a previously unbeaten Chelsea team.
Daniel Levy is being rewarded for not splashing out cash on new players for the sake of it
I’m not daft, I know for clubs to progress, they have to pay big transfer fees at the right time, but I feel vindicated after watching Saturday night’s game for saying Mauricio Pochettino and the club were right not to just buy players for the sake of it.
I don’t know who they could have signed last summer that would have helped them. Think about what other clubs went out and bought.
Jorginho at Chelsea is a good player but he wouldn’t get in Tottenham’s team, and couldn’t cope with Dele Alli in their individual battle. Manchester United’s £50million signing Fred wouldn’t have strengthened Spurs.
You could say Riyad Mahrez who City signed for £60million is comparable to Moura, but Spurs paid half the money for their Brazilian player, so good business.
There was so much doom and gloom around Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity but I didn’t see why. If you are going to buy a top centre-forward, he has to be better than Harry Kane. If you are going to sign an understudy, he has to be better than Son who was brilliant against Chelsea. You know what you get with him.
Jorginho is a good player but Dele Alli proved to be more than a match for him on Saturday
People think buying more players is the answer to everything. It’s not. Improving the players you already have and working with them is important too. Think about the work that’s gone into improving Moussa Sissoko. He is having his best spell in a Spurs shirt, ditto Lamela.
Serge Aurier was bang on it against Eden Hazard, the team looked strong, full of energy and if they were playing for places, and when you saw their bench, you see why.
Let’s give the club some credit for giving their young players a chance and building relationships. Don’t always be obsessed with the next shiny toy that’s available in the transfer market, often at a hugely-inflated price.
I got some stick for defending the strength of Tottenham’s squad so I’m nearly as happy now as Daniel Levy!
Mauricio Pochettino has showed how important developing players is. Look at Moussa Sissoko
SARRI REACTED TOO SLOWLY TO SPURS SUPREMACY
Maurizio Sarri has rightly earned a lot of plaudits this season but I was surprised that he didn’t make a change at half-time when it was clear Spurs were dominating.
Personally I felt N’Golo Kante should have been moved back to a more orthodox holding role at the interval in place of Jorginho and allowed Ross Barkley to come on.
Alli was a bit too sharp for Jorginho with and without the ball. He kept running off him and I get the feeling in away games against the big clubs, you need Kante in there to help protect the Chelsea defence.
Maurizio Sarri has made a strong start but should have smelt the danger sooner on Saturday
I wasn’t sure about Pochettino’s starting line-up; Juan Foyth, Aurier, Sissoko, I felt Chelsea’s superior technical players could play around them.
However the Spurs manager got it spot on, his players put in a powerful performance and it was Chelsea who were blown away.
David Luiz, who has been really good this season, put in a performance harking back a couple of years when he looked suspect. The goalie Kepa looked a bit dodgy put under pressure and a few kicks went out to build Spurs momentum.
I appreciate Chelsea were unlucky in not getting a penalty for a foul on Hazard but I felt once they were behind, the manager didn’t do enough to alter the game.
N’Golo Kante should have been deployed from a holding midfield position after the interval
Even leaving Olivier Giroud for his final change, putting Eden Hazard up front instead, was strange. If you’ve got a World Cup-winning striker on the bench, he’d be my first option if you’re looking to fight back, not my first.
The first games back after international breaks are strange because you’re not sure what condition players are in having travelled, and you haven’t always got time to work on team shape and tactics.
What Pochettino did was pick players in great physical condition. And they outfought Chelsea. Pochettino has received criticism for being tactically naïve in the Champions League. On this occasion, he was right and it was Sarri who was caught out and too slow to react.
RANIERI REVOLUTION UP AND RUNNING
Talking of former Chelsea managers, that was a big win for Claudio Ranieri at my former club, Fulham.
It was one of those games where the result was more important than how the team played and with a fantastic atmosphere at Craven Cottage, a 3-2 win will give them a springboard even if they rode their luck.
It’s been suggested Aleksandr Mitrovic might not be suitable for Ranieri’s style of play. The striker scored twice, one was a heck of a goal, and that’s the perfect response. If he keeps scoring, the manager won’t be able to leave him out!
I think it was a big three points. It means everyone is on board with the Ranieri revolution from the start.
Fulham’s win over Southampton was huge and means Claudio Ranieri is off to the perfect start
MOURINHO MUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR
It’s alright for Jose Mourinho to accuse players of lacking heart and intensity in his television interviews and post-match press conferences – provided he confronts the players directly with the same complaints.
I’ve had many meetings with mangers who have dished it out to an individual or individuals and then repeated the message publicly. That’s fine, that can work, because he’s not hiding behind the media, he’s saying it to your face as well.
I don’t know what Mourinho is saying in the dressing-room but he should be telling the players exactly what he’s saying into a microphone, otherwise it’s a problem.
Imagine if a player reads his manager is throwing out accusations but not specifying which players he is talking about. It’ll be a case of ‘come on then, tell us who it is, name and shame.’
If Mourinho genuinely thinks he has players who are not showing enough heart, he also has to look at himself. You are employed as a manager for a reason.
Jose Mourinho has been publicly critical of his players but should be saying it to their faces
If Mourinho genuinely believes his claims about a lack of heart, then he must look at himself