Date: 14th January 2020 at 9:00am
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Tottenham fans may be left wondering what might have been after they fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool on the weekend, and rightly so, seeing as the Lilywhites had a strong game in the second half against the Premier League leaders and could have quite easily overcome then on a different day.

Loads of headlines will be written about the form of Japhet Tanganga in the game after the 20-year-old came in for his debut and starred against Jurgen Klopp’s side, but as Jose Mourinho got one decision massively right with Tanganga, he got it massively wrong elsewhere.

The Portuguese tactician went into the game with what looked like a back six at times. However, one of those apparent six who were guarding Paulo Gazzaniga’s goal should never have been put into a starting role in this game, and that man was Danny Rose.

The England left-back struggled no end against Liverpool, and with Mo Salah coming down his flank it was always going to be a really difficult game for him, no less because it was the 29-year-old’s first start for the club in the league since Spurs’ visit to Anfield in October (Transfermarkt).

Part of the reason behind Rose’s absence from the Premier League has been a calf injury that the left-back has been nursing, and lobbing him back into action against both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah is the most intense baptism of fire that world football has to offer.

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All things considered, Rose didn’t do too badly in the clash. However, he certainly wasn’t up to the required standards of a Tottenham defender, and the smart move from Mourinho would likely have been to use the more attacking and more mobile Ryan Sessegnon down the left, who would surely have at least been able to make inroads down the left in behind Alexander-Arnold.

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8 Replies to “Opinion: Jose Mourinho’s naivety cost Tottenham as he made key blunder over the weekend”

  • Right so if he had played Vertonghen he would have had no problem against Salah ? What fantasy football universe are you living in ?

  • Not a very good article. Spurs only lost that game through profligate finishing via Son and Lo Celso, and the ref wimping out of sending off Robertson. The tactics were spot on.

    Left back was not an issue, and to call Mourinho naive is silly. Just look at the man’s CV. Mourinho may be some bad things to some people, but naive is not one of them.

  • How is this a real article? How does dribble like this even get published?

    The only thing naive is the writer of this article.

  • If Danny rose didn’t do too badly, then the right call was made. Spurs lost due to VAR bias. The throw In should have been Spurs, wasn’t picked up, Robertson should have been sent off for his foul on Tanganga Aubanayage was sentoff for a similar foul on the Chrystal Palace player. penalty was not given for Spurs despite being illegally tackled by two defenders. Liverpool all this season have played with 14 men on the pitch to ensure they win the league!

  • We lost because we have stopped pressing high up the pitch. This enabled Liverpool to play out from the back and construct attacks easily.

  • Agree with regard to Rose. He’s another one who’s running down his contact and wants to leave. Again another thorn that should have been resolved couple of years ago. But Poch stupidly kept him. He’s not performing to his usual standard since that article in the Sun. Sess is definitely better than Rose nowadays.

  • Brilliant tactics brilliant selection a master class that so nearly paid off.
    Keep in touching distance at all cost then go for it in last 20minutes.
    If it had worked you would be saying The special one is back.

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