Tottenham Hotspur’s season has very much repeated the same story.
The north London outfit have led 21 of their 30 league outings so far this term but have dropped a whopping 15 points from those winning positions.
Had they picked up those points, then Spurs would be sitting pretty in second place, four points ahead of today’s opposition, Manchester United.
For the most part, Jose Mourinho has absolutely rued individual errors and defensive mistakes, and that’s ultimately something he can ill afford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
Indeed, despite having the third-best defensive record in the Premier League, their blunders at the back have been the defining theme of 2020/21.
It was only in October that Spurs thrashed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men 6-1 and two months later, they were sat top of the league.
Mourinho watched Davinson Sanchez make the latest in a long list of mistakes at Newcastle United last weekend.
Spurs looked to be heading for three points until five minutes from time when the Colombian clattered into his centre-back partner Joe Rodon, which allowed Joe Willock to ghost into the box and score an easy equaliser.
“When he’s not at his best, when he’s having one of those looser moments, then he’s a real liability to his team. And that was the case today. Had an awful first half, to be honest with you.”
Whilst the 24-year-old colossus started the 6-1 win, he was not part of the Spurs side that skyrocketed to top spot, as in the subsequent game, West Ham launched a stunning three-goal comeback to earn a point.
Sanchez was then axed from the starting XI in ten of their next 11 games.
He’s since worked his way back into the lineup, starting nine successive outings, but now it’s time to drop him once again after the latest error.
In February, ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara implored the club to sell him as he’s part of one of the worst centre-back partnerships in the division, whilst Mourinho himself has even noted that Sanchez was the “weak link” when at Ajax.
United’s frontline of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes is one to be feared – the trio have scored 55% of their league goals this term, and all three have either scored or assisted 52 of their 58 strikes, as per WhoScored.
Having someone who is prone to calamity is a recipe for disaster, so Sanchez really ought to be named on the bench today. When you have Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld waiting in the wings, there’s really no need to risk starting someone who has held Spurs back all season.
It’s not a coincidence that Mourinho enjoyed his best run in the league without him.
AND in other news, Daniel Levy played a blinder over 31 y/o’s exit…