Despite possessing a decent attacking line-up in the Premier League. In the previous round, Spurs had an unfortunate draw against West Ham. In the sixth round, the London Roosters will take on Burnley, who are currently in the top three at the end of the table. This is a good opportunity for José Mourinho and his students to get three points and climb to the top of the table.
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Last season’s 10th overall was the motivation for Sean Dyche’s army to confidently move into this year’s season. Burnley also got off to a relatively good start by beating “black horse” Sheffield Utd in the second round of the League Cup. However, that is all the most impressive that teacher Sean Dyche can do so far. Sean Dyche’s side have had to “suck the bitter fruit” in all three of their past three rounds, made worse by Burnley being the only club to take into account the Premier League at this point.
With such poor performance, the position of the team is fully worthy of what teacher Sean Dyche has been shown. Objectively, apart from Leicester being out of place, it is clearly unacceptable to receive disappointing results against Southampton or Newcastle. With the people they are, Burnley are fully fit to do much better than that, but the Turf Moor hosts are clearly showing too many problems after the disappointing results.
In a recent visit to Newcastle’s home ground on 4 October 2020, Burnley lost 1–3 in the final score. More specifically, 52 percent of the ball went to the home side with seven tackles compared to 10 against Newcastle. If we keep playing this badly, Burnley’s journey in this year’s competition is really tough.
On the Tottenham side, the away side have not played a game in their last five games. Specifically, it was four wins and a draw against Newcastle. During the visit to the Red Devils’ home ground on October 4, 2020, the away team gave their fans a match with a final score of 6-1.
The dramatic draw at the last Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was clearly unlikely to please manager Jose Mourinho but objectively, it also helped the Portuguese strategist see spurs’ shortcomings. As of the 82nd minute, Tottenham were still playing very well. The attention that comes from Son and Kane duo continues to be a weapon that any team must give a huge attention to Spurs. The South Korean striker had the first goal for the Roosters in the first minute and the assist was none other than Kane. Shortly afterwards, Son also had a situation for the England striker and Kane also made a standard header to give the Roosters a three-goal lead before the break. However, the negligence of organising the defence in the final minutes of the game cost Spurs three consecutive goals, thus ending the game with a disappointing one-point result.
Since taking over the coaching bench at Tottenham, Manager Jose has been making a lot of positive changes. However, it seems that the Portuguese strategist has not been able to find an effective method to help stitch up the weaknesses in the defence for Spurs. Getting Sergio Reguilon’s signature is a much-needed addition, bringing a lot of promise in the left-wing corridor and the 23-year-old star was also quick to show his worth. However, it is not enough to hide the shortcomings that Alderweireld or especially Davinson Sánchez are expressing. A place in the top four or even in the context of the Big Six being unstable then dreaming of a magical journey like Leicester five years ago is nothing too far away for Spurs, especially for someone who is “lucky” with trophies like Mourinho. For a long run, though, Spurs are clearly unlikely to expect a four-man defence capable of starting. With the current developments, it is likely that things will change in the upcoming winter transfer window. However, when it is not possible to get the best cards, it is time for Mourinho to show his ability “Cut your coat according your clothes”.
- Burnley (4-2-3-1):Pope, Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardley, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.
- Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris, Doherty, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane.