Jose Mourinho started his stint at Tottenham with a 3-2 road win over West Ham. The Portuguese came back to English football after 11 months of absence, and he did it pretty confidently.
The way Spurs played in the first and the opening 20 minutes of the second half, could make their fans optimistic before the upcoming challenges. They controlled the possession, had clinical finishing, and were pretty good in the back, preventing the Hammers from having a decent chance.
Mourinho’s team finished everything already after 45 minutes. The Spurs were up 0-2 with Son and Lucas Moura slicing the hosts in the late part of the first half.
Son scored in the 36th minute, creating the position inside the box, after Dele Alli’s pass. The South Korean attacker sent a shot some 10 yards from the left, hitting the far angle of Roberto’s goal.
“For almost five years we have tried to play from the back, but now we are trying something new. We adapted well, the lads did a really good job,” Son told the reporters.
Mourinho celebrates his first goal at Tottenham 🙌pic.twitter.com/9Z2FRLhVle
— Goal (@goal) November 23, 2019
Lucas Moura doubled the lead, seven minutes later, following a perfect cross by Son who found the Brazilian on the far post. We need to mention that Alli made a fantastic effort to keep the ball inbound. Tottenham’s playmaker was lying on the ground but managed to pass the ball to Son with his backheel.
Immediately after the start of the second half, Lucas Moura had a chance to shock the hosts, as he and Son performed a perfect counter-attack. However, Moura’s intention to be unselfish wasted an ideal opportunity for another goal. His pass to Son was terrible, and the ball went out of bounds.
But Harry Kane struck three minutes into the second. Serge Aurier sent a cross from the right, and Kane executed with a header from a nearby. It was pretty much the end of all hopes for the Hammers.
Goal 1️⃣7️⃣5️⃣ for Spurs!
Goal 1️⃣ under Mourinho!
Harry Kane loves scoring in London derbies! pic.twitter.com/VT7JUrkMdX
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 23, 2019
Marc Antonio decreased the result until the end, with a nice shot 15 yards, through the middle of the goal. The former member of the English national team was the only bright spot in West Ham. As time went by, the guests sit back, waiting for a chance to strike from the counter-attack, but there wasn’t any. Declan Rice netted in the last minute of the regulations, but his goal was canceled due to an obvious offside.
Yet, the hosts managed to cut the gap, with Angelo Ogbona hitting the back of the net in the sixth minute of stoppage time, and that was the last piece of action in this contest.
This was the first win for the Spurs on the road since January. Up next, they face Olympiacos in the Champions League this Tuesday.
“No matter what happens, we have to stay together as a squad. In football things change,” Dele Alli summarized the recent turmoil in the club.
Meanwhile, West Ham posted its eighth consecutive game without a victory and the third loss in a row. The situation for the Hammers is not good at all. They are slowly slipping towards the bottom of the standings, and have to do something to stop that. They are visiting Chelsea next week.