Wednesday’s loss at Manchester United was disappointing on a variety of levels for Tottenham Hotspur. After three straight wins to open up his tenure, manager Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat at the hands of his former club. Some of the positive feelings and momentum following the change at the top quickly dissipated as Spurs seemed to revert to their old form.
Saturday brings an opportunity for some of that to be remedied. Burnley is a solidly mid-table side who has not taken any points against big six sides in four chances this season. The Clarets have not impressed in defense this season and should provide chances for the Tottenham attack to find its scoring ways again as it had in the previous three matches.
The optimists will hope that Mourinho takes the result against United and decides that it is time for some changes. All season, the usage of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks in midfield has failed to yield positive results, and new signings Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso have yet to see routine playing time. Midfield play has continued to be an issue for Spurs, but that is unlikely to change without a switch in personnel.
Top four dreams are all but gone, but Tottenham still have plenty to play for this season. Wins are important, but what the team is really searching for right now is some identity and consistency. Under Mourinho, Spurs have taken care of lesser opponents; that should continue against Burnley.
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