Defending leads was once a forte of Jose Mourinho, soccer’s arch-pragmatist.
Not anymore, it appears.
Tottenham caved in once more Sunday, conceding an 85th-minute purpose to attract 2-2 at Newcastle and keep outdoors the highest 4 of the Premier League.
If Mourinho’s crew may see out victories, it may doubtless already begin planning for all times in subsequent season’s Champions League. In any case, Spurs have dropped 11 factors due to objectives conceded within the remaining 10 minutes of video games this season, essentially the most of any Premier League aspect.
As it’s, Tottenham is in fifth place — two factors behind fourth-place Chelsea — and engaged in a livid tussle with maybe six rivals for the ultimate qualification positions for Europe’s elite competitors.
“Similar coach, totally different gamers,” Mourinho stated of his former groups’ fame for grinding out wins.
Newcastle should notably irritate Mourinho. It was the northeast membership that transformed a contentiously awarded, stoppage-time penalty to in some way safe a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
And in his managerial profession within the Premier League, Mourinho’s groups — Chelsea (two spells), Manchester United and now Tottenham — have solely received as soon as in 9 journeys to Newcastle’s St. James’ Park.
On this event, it was Joe Willock — a participant on mortgage from Tottenham’s fierce rival, Arsenal — who grabbed the late equalizer, after Harry Kane’s double canceled out the opening purpose from Joelinton.
Tottenham has did not win six video games this season wherein it led at half time. That can also be essentially the most of any crew.
Whereas Tottenham usually finishes video games poorly, Man United has a behavior of beginning them badly this season.
It did not matter ultimately towards Brighton, with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood scoring within the second half to finish a 2-1 win at Outdated Trafford that consolidated second place for United.
Danny Welbeck, a former United participant, gave Brighton the lead.
United has now claimed 25 factors from a shedding place this season, at the very least 9 greater than another aspect.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s crew restored the 14-point hole to league chief Manchester Metropolis and has a recreation in hand. Extra importantly, it’s 11 factors away from Tottenham in fifth so seems virtually sure to be within the Champions League subsequent season.
Solskjaer stated earlier than the sport that striker Anthony Martial may miss the remainder of the season due to a knee damage sustained on worldwide obligation with France. Rashford hobbled off quickly after his purpose with an obvious leg damage.
With 77 minutes gone in its match at Aston Villa, Fulham was main 1-Zero and heading out of the relegation zone on the expense of Newcastle.
Inside 4 minutes, Scott Parker’s crew was behind and observing one other week within the backside at the very least.
Trezeguet, a second-half substitute, scored within the 78th and 81st minutes earlier than Ollie Watkins added a 3rd in a Three-1 win for Villa, which was once more with out captain and star participant Jack Grealish.
Third-to-last Fulham dropped three factors behind Newcastle.
“We’ve obtained a preventing probability,” Parker stated. “We have to enhance and perceive the place we went unsuitable, and be brutally trustworthy that that wasn’t ok.
“We have to perceive and scent what we’re in, the place we’re. The final 15 minutes we didn’t deserve something out of the sport.”
SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SAFE
Southampton’s top-flight standing seems to be secure for one more season after coming from behind to beat Burnley Three-2.
Ten factors now separate Southampton from Fulham, which solely has seven video games left.
Nathan Redmond accomplished the comeback in a thriller at St. Mary’s Stadium with a 66th-minute volley, following strikes earlier than halftime by Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings.
Burnley had gone 2-Zero forward due to a penalty by Chris Wooden, who then arrange Matej Vydra for the second.
Southampton climbed as much as 13th place. Burnley is seven factors away from Fulham.