From start to finish, Tottenham endured a miserable 90 minutes against Everton on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s side never really got out of first gear during the contest, with Jordan Pickford only having to make a couple of smart saves. The north Londoners managed just nine total shots, whilst they were comprehensively out-muscled all over the pitch – Everton made twice as many tackles and almost five times as many interceptions.
And whilst it was certainly a bad team performance on the whole – Mourinho even describing his team as being lazy in their pressing – one man in particular had a nightmare game for the Lilywhites.
Lucas Moura started the game on the right-hand side, but was about as anonymous as possible, with his 5.5 overall match rating by far the worst of anyone to play in the game.
The 5 foot 8 winger struggled to impose himself on the match, with the likes of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure making sure any balls into his feet were snuffed out.
He lost possession 21 times – the most of any Spurs player – and lost 14 of the 16 duels that were contested on the ground. Put simply, Lucas was just far too much of a lightweight in a game that Mourinho would surely have called for intensity and aggression.
Out of everyone wearing a white shirt, it was the £80k-a-week ace who looked completely short of match sharpness and energy. Everton just overpowered him, with Lucas Digne’s over-lapping runs down the left flank forcing him back towards his own goal more often than not.
Spurs and Mourinho needed someone of his quality to be at it not only in an attacking sense, but in the basic principles. Anyone who has watched the All or Nothing documentary will have noted how much store the manager has put in making sure players give the maximum effort possible in every game and not to quit.
Sadly for Mourinho, Lucas did exactly that on Sunday.