All eyes on Europe
Spurs fans were left rueing their manager’s decision not to start Bale. Had the winger been set loose on West Ham for the full 90 minutes, perhaps…
By the time Tottenham take to the field against Wolfsberger again next Wednesday, the Europa League may well have become their top priority.
At the moment, like everybody, I could really use a little joy. I could use a bit of that unique magic that only Tottenham Hotspur can summon. I know that sounds selfish, but it’s meant to.
Jose Mourinho’s players must not dwell on this stark first-hand reminder of just how far from the Premier League’s best they currently find themselves.
That his side had played their part in a classic, however, will be of little consolation to Jose Mourinho. Just a few weeks ago, the Tottenham manager had been keen to point out how Spurs were still fighting at the sharp end on four fronts. Suddenly four has become two.
Tottenham will hope to ride this nascent feel-good factor into the sterner tests that lie ahead.
Spurs looked a beaten side from the very first minute. The once messianic Jose Mourinho now appears utterly incapable of providing inspiration.
In normal circumstances, such a dispiriting Spurs display would have fans calling for the manager’s head.