Tottenham Hotspur face West Ham in a derby that may mark the strength of José Mourinho’s project at the head of the club.
Although he has been talking for weeks about the good course that Mourinho’s team is taking this season, the truth is that the confrontation against West Ham is more even than more than one thinks. The “Spurs” have achieved seven points in the four games they have played (beating Southampton and Manchester United and a draw against Newcastle), while the “Hammers” have achieved two victories (against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester) in their last two days.
If Mourinho wants to win the game, the first thing he has to do is show his players their last Premier League game. The 1-6 that they endorsed Manchester United is the clearest example of what Tottenham has to be this year.
With a defense that continues to leave certain doubts (despite the good performances of Doherty and Reguilón on the wings), Tottenham’s strong point is the counterattacks made in Mourinho. If there is something that the Setúbal coach likes to do with his teams, it is to launch them on the attack looking for the spaces and the speed of his forwards, and with Son, Kane, Bergwijn and Lucas Moura that is assured.
And that way of setting up the matches may be the key for Tottenham to win this London derby. David Moyes usually employs a three-center defense in his West Ham, with two very deep lanes, and it is in those gaps behind the defense that Son and Kane can be deadly, as seen in the comeback against Southampton at St Mary’s.
It must be borne in mind, of course, that Spurs have a European appointment next Thursday, October 22 against LASK and that, although the players have days off, it is to be assumed that they will not want to risk committing a stumble in their first game from the Europa League group stage.
Despite these “weaknesses” the truth is that both teams arrive with morale through the roof after their last performances, so the game is quite attractive, with West Ham that seems to have found the key to how to focus their game and with Tottenham that little by little is adapting 100% to the demands of José Mourinho.