Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Villa Park – Sunday 7:15pm – Preview
A loss of form? A lost dressing room? Potentially, a lost job? Take your pick – life for Jose Mourinho is far from rosy just now.
The dusty shows little sign of settling following a derby defeat at Arsenal followed by a catastrophic Europa League exit in Croatia. The finger-pointing, incessant – the Spurs chief seemingly the biggest target.
“Of course, from the outside, you can have your perspective, you can analyse it and probably with your experience and knowledge you can draw some conclusions but I’m not going in that direction,” a shellshocked Mourinho bemoaned after Dinamo Zagreb had overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to send the Lilywhites spinning out of Europe.
“The reason why we lost the game was because for one-hundred minutes or so, one team put absolutely everything on that pitch and another team only felt the pride and let’s say a motivation to fight when the result was already 3-0.”
Whether the Head Coach’s harsh words will have the desired effect on his side remains to be seen. But the truth is, Tottenham have been here before all too often.
Ahead of them, a trip to Villa Park – a side without a win in three Premier League outings, but unquestionably on the peripheral of a satisfactory second season back in the top fight.
Villa will be without their talisman, Jack Grealish, while the Lilywhites again look likely to be short of Heung-Min Son (hamstring).
With pressure mounting and a top-four finish looking more and more unlikely, it is difficult to see exactly where Spurs and Mourinho go from here? But defeat in the West Midlands is likely to push the relationship to a point of no return as Tottenham’s long-overdue wait for success continues to tread water, much to the frustration of the N17 faithful.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur