Five talking points as Tottenham Hotspur thrash Southampton at the Saint Mary’s Stadium and grab their first three points of the season
Tottenham Hotspur managed to grab all three points against Southampton at the Saint Mary’s Stadium. Spurs started their 2020/21 campaign on a bitter note after losing their opening fixture to Carlo Ancelotti’s revolutionized Everton. Jose Mourinho’s men were hungry for three points and the fixture against Southampton proved the same.
The former Real Madrid coach made a few adjustments to his starting eleven against the Saints. The Portuguese manager opted to play Tanguy Ndombele after a brilliant display in the opening fixture of the Europa League. Dele Alli was left out for the squad for the second consecutive time and the manager stated that the squad is quite clustered currently. The English midfielder has now been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as it seems like the player and the manager have reportedly fallen out.
Here are the five talking points from the game
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A MISERABLE SLOW START FROM TOTTENHAM
Jose Mourinho’s men were caught napping in the first half. The north London side lacked aggressiveness and energy during the first 45 minutes and it seemed like Southampton made the most of it. The Saints had ample opportunities to bury the game in the first half, however, a few heroic saves from Hugo Lloris and a few wayward shots from Southampton kept the game alive for the Lilywhites.
The defensive partnership of Davidson Sanchez and Eric Dier seemed to be quite weak in the first half, however, the duo buckled up in the second half and put on a brilliant display. If Tottenham Hotspur is to finish in the top four this season, Jose Mourinho’s men must improve their style of play in the first half and the team needs to be a lot more aggressive when out of possession.