The same thing is happening to Tottenham frequently this season, under the orders of José Mourinho: He takes the advantage, retreats and ends up allowing himself to be reached.
The scene was repeated on Wednesday, causing the team to fall out of the top four in the Premier League.
The Spurs took the lead with a popcorn shot from Harry Kane, but could not stay ahead of a Fulham who found out they would play the game just two days ago, causing their manager to displease.
Portugal’s Ivan Cavaleiro scored a header in the 74th for Fulham to draw a 1-1 draw at Tottenham’s home.
Mourinho experienced an unpleasant sensation that is becoming a habit.
“We have many opportunities to finish the matches,” said the Portuguese strategist. “In other cases, particularly on the road, we are winning, but then we don’t have the ambition to get the goal that will sentence the game.”
The Spurs have received a tie in the second half to tie Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton in the last month. In that period, Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 with a header from Roberto Firmino in the 90th minute at Anfield.
At the start of the season, the London team squandered forwards at home to equalize with Newcastle and West Ham.
Mourinho’s well-known pragmatism is often well received by his team’s fans if it pays dividends. Otherwise, it seems that their teams are wasting many opportunities in their efforts to defend meager advantages.
Tottenham would have placed third with a victory. Instead, they fell to sixth place, due to Manchester City’s victory in the other match of the day.
CITY IS THIRD, THANKS TO GOLAZO
Phil Foden scored a remarkable goal and Manchester City beat Brighton 1-0, making the midfielder the team’s top scorer in the Premier League this season.
Foden tamed Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, dribbled past Brighton defender Adam Webster and finished with a right cross from the edge of the area in the 44th minute.
It was his eighth goal in 22 games for City this season, five of which have been in the Premier.
With four goals in his last six games, Foden has been City’s stronghold, taking advantage of the fact that coach Pep Guardiola has given him more prominence.
“He is a boy with a special instinct in front of the goal, not only with the left boot, but also with the right,” said the Spanish coach. “He deserves to play. Their standards are higher. “
City deserved to win with a larger score, especially when De Bruyne caused a penalty in discounts after being knocked down by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sánchez. But Raheem Sterling squandered the chance by shooting over the bar.
The narrow win allowed City to displace Leicester and Everton for third place. Guardiola’s men are four points behind leader Manchester United but with a pending match.
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