If ever there was a one-sided derby, then Tottenham’s meagre attempts to beat Chelsea is right up there.
Jose Mourinho’s side fell 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and could muster just five total shots on goal, compared to the home team’s 17.
The north Londoners failed to create any big chances whatsoever, and it doesn’t take a genius to suggest that they missed the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, who had scored a combined 33 goals this season before their respective injuries.
But whilst that is certainly understandable, Mourinho still had the likes of £27m Steven Bergwijin, £27.2m Giovani Lo Celso, and the £23m Lucas Moura. And it was the shocking performance of the latter in particular, that must set alarm bells ringing for the Spurs boss.
As per Sofascore, his 5.9 match rating was the worst of any player on the pitch on Saturday, and when looking at the underlying numbers, it is easy to see why.
Operating from the left-hand side as almost an inside forward, Lucas struggled to impose himself on the game in an attacking sense, getting bullied by the Chelsea back-line. In the 20 total duels that he competed in, he lost 12 of them, and was caught in possession a whopping 22 times – only Lo Celso (23) and Ben Davies (24) conceded the ball on more occasions.
Mourinho desperately needed the Brazilian to be a stronger physical presence, shielding the ball better and bringing in the likes of Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele into play. Instead, whenever the ball got into his feet, Chelsea defenders swarmed and swamped him with ease. It was therefore no surprise that he managed to complete just one dribble all game, had just two total shots, and provided no key passes.
Lucas’ woeful display now raises a serious question about Mourinho next deploys him. The former PSG star may well be better off just playing down the middle, with Bergwijn operating from the left instead. One thing is for sure though, with the likes of Kane and Son out injured, Spurs simply cannot afford another abysmal display from one of their only remaining forward options.