It was almost a “Smash and Grab”, but not quite!
It wasn’t the “Smash and Grab” that Mourinho wanted, as it ended Wolves 1-1 Tottenham.
The start was quick from Spurs, scoring after 57 seconds thanks to Ndombele. He capitalized on a bad clearance to take a shot from around 25 yards and score. After that, it was the usual drill for Tottenham, giving possession and sitting deep.
Wolves didn’t manage a lot of attempts, despite their possession. The wide players couldn’t find much depth to play in, because of the 3-4-1-2 setup of Tottenham. Ndombele in particular, added so much energy and was the best player out there from Mourinho’s side.
Set piece defending bites Tottenham again!!
Despite a decent start to the second half, Tottenham eventually regressed back. Wolves realized that they needed some changes, so Marcal was out and Ait-Nouri was in. Thus, Wolves reverted back to their original 3-4-3. This gave them more solidity, and also drive to go forward.
Tottenham looked oddly exhausted, as Son and Kane had their weakest performance this season. The duo barely found the spaces they like to move in, as Wolves were not mislead by their movement. Eventually, Tottenham’s bad set piece defending cost them again. Roman Saiss leapt free and headed the ball in for the equalizer.
A crucial point for Wolves, and a disappointing one for Mourinho’s outfit as the cracks start to show in their armor.
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