If it feels like Tottenham Hotspur played a match just over 48 hours ago, you are correct! After an important 2-1 victory over Brighton, Spurs head to Norwich City for another holiday fixture. Instead of just being down Son Heung-Min, the squad is now without Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko for a match as well, thanks to yellow card accumulation. Rotation was always likely during this congested timeframe, but now it has become unavoidable.
Manager Jose Mourinho made a couple key changes during the match on Thursday that helped overcome a first half deficit. Substitutions to bring on both Giovanni Lo Celso and Christian Eriksen made noticeable improvements across the side, and with the three aforementioned midfielders unavailable for selection, Mourinho may finally be forced into starting the players the supporters have longed for.
Norwich sit in 20th place, having won just three matches all season. The Canaries have simply not been good, and this looks like another winnable match for Mourinho and Spurs. Of course, it is never easy to play a second match in just three days with yet another fixture on the horizon. There may be some tired legs out there for Tottenham, but there is no time to let up now.
After Chelsea fell on Boxing Day, Spurs are once again three points off of fourth place, just as they were before facing the Blues. The top four race is likely to continue for the rest of the year, so taking down clubs like Brighton, Norwich, and Wednesday’ opponent Southampton, is imperative. Whether he likes it or not, Mourinho is going to be forced to see how deep his squad is; perhaps this is the only way for it to happen.
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