Once again, Jose Mourinho pulled off a counterattacking master class against Arteta’s Arsenal. The match looked like a perfect Mourinho game plan, almost identical to to his Madrid side which had Ronaldo, Di Maria, Benzema and Ozil, only this time, he needed just Son and Harry Kane.
Spurs victory takes them top off the league, joint with Liverpool after, the latter trashed Wolves on Sunday. Arsenal, on the other hand extended their winless league run to four matches as the pressure continued to be applied on manager Mikel Arteta.
Mourinho’s game plan went perfectly, with both of his side’s goals coming from perfectly executed counterattacks. The first goal came in the 13th minute, when Kane picked out Son on his left before the South Korea international cut in and curled his shot past a helpless Bernd Leno from 30 yards out. While the second goal came in a four vs two situation, with Son and Kane combining once again, leaving Arsenal helpless at the back.
At a time in the match, the possession was 9% for Tottenham, while Arsenal had 91% and at that point a lot of Arsenal fans were expecting to turnover the match in their favour, due to the possession in their hands but this was all part of Mourinho’s bigger plan.
Mourinho’s tactics has always been looked down upon, due to his conservative approach, but this has almost always paid off, and the match against Arsenal was on one of the very good days.
Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane are undoubtedly the best attacking duo in the Premier League at the moment, but crucially Spurs are also looking defensively resilient which makes it hard not to consider them serious title contenders and further emphasize that efficiency is always better than style of play.
By Muyiwa aguda