Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea yesterday saw Jose Mourinho take on his former player Frank Lampard and it was the apprentice who dominated his former master.
Lampard got the better of Mourinho by producing a clever, high-energy gameplan which exploited the hosts from start to finish, meaning the former England midfielder has beaten his old Chelsea boss both times he has faced him in the dugout already.
Spurs could not get to grips with their visitors at all, with Willian running riot and £70,000-a-week (Spotrac) right back Serge Aurier exposed throughout.
Aurier has improved under Mourinho but his shortcomings were once again all too evident yesterday and that’s one position in which Spurs need to urgently improve.
Plenty of fans on Twitter were queuing up to slate Aurier for a performance which lacked concentration, discipline and quality.
They have seen this time and time again from the Ivorian and the improvement Mourinho has generated in his game has largely been about freeing him from defensive responsibility.
But he came up so short against Marcus Rashford earlier this month and was exposed once more as Mourinho, once billed as the ultimate big game manager, lost his second Spurs match from two against a top six rival already.
Aurier has cost us so much with his rash head!!
— ° Тоттенхэм Хотспур (@SpursKS) December 23, 2019
Aurier just not good enough at the back.
— Wade Taylor (@WadeGTaylor) December 23, 2019
If Aurier plays we lose.
— Geoff Humphrey (@grhumphrey) December 23, 2019
The Dier experiment must end ,Aurier if he must play buy a RB ,not fair on Sissoko
— Gael Force X (@RazzaRainbow) December 23, 2019
Can we bin off Aurier too? One or two ok crosses a match isn't good enough. Absolutely useless in his own half. The "Mourinho transformation" is just giving him limited responsibility.
— Nick Barry (@nickpixtxt) December 23, 2019
Jose continually relies on Aurier. Unacceptable.
Jose continually plays Eriksen. Unacceptable.
Gazzaniga not PL standard. Playing him a farce.
Tactics had us overrun in midfield and was slow to change.
Kane got zero service. Again.
Jose is part of the debacle alright
— TheStevenageSpur (@StevenageSpur) December 23, 2019
A brainless Aurier, a hands free Gazzaniga , a red misted Son, a want away midfielder, a defensive midfielder who can’t defend a bee, an engine not fit for purpose(yet), a striker who lost his shooting boot, a team that was gutless, a performance that was ?, a dismal day! #COYS
— Suhel Ahmed (@Suhel_81) December 23, 2019
When has Aurier ever been focused cost us at Liveepool consistently out of position reckless and needs to be moved on.
— Oli (@OliMichael88) December 23, 2019
Aurier was worst player on the pitch
— Felly Fell (@messyflex) December 23, 2019