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Are Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura being stung by Jose Mourinho’s tactics?

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Are Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura being stung by Jose Mourinho’s tactics?

Tottenham Hotspur have made a disappointing start to the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The north Londoners took on Everton at home at the weekend, and were beaten 1-0 by the Toffees with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the only goal.

While Tottenham did have some decent chances in the game, the end result was a fair one with Everton looking livelier and pressing better.

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Spurs were very poor in the final third, with Harry Kane hardly getting a sniff.

In fact, all of Tottenham’s attacking players struggled, and now an interesting statistic has come to light.

According to Spurs Stat Man, Spurs players only registered five successful dribbles between them – only West Bromwich Albion managed fewer in gameweek one with three.

 

That is somewhat alarming for a team that has the likes of Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura in their starting XI.

TBR’s View – Son and Moura wasted?

On their day, there are few players more dangerous in the Premier League than Son (£22 million, BBC Sport) and Lucas (£23 million, BBC Sport) when it comes to dribbling.

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Both are exceptionally quick and can beat a man in an instant.

That Spurs only had five successful dribbles against Everton is a poor reflection on Jose Mourinho and the tactics he is enforcing.

The Portuguese has two quality ball-carriers at his disposal, and needs to find a away of playing to their strengths and in turn, Kane can also benefit.

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