Aston Villa vs Tottenham like a ‘kids’ Sunday morning match’ says Tony Cascarino – ‘Mourinho’s teams are meant to be hard to beat… not this one’
Feb. 17, 2020
Jose Mourinho has still not had a real influence on Tottenham as they remain easily beatable and unlike his former sides.
This is according to Tony Cascarino, the talkSPORT pundit and former Ireland forward, who was stunned by what he saw in the Aston Villa vs Spurs match on Sunday.
It was a ding-dong battle at Villa Park.
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The hosts took the lead when Toby Alderweireld put the ball into his own net, before the Belgium centre-back then scored a stunner at the right end to pull the score level.
Tottenham ended up heading into half-time in front as Heung-min Son scored after Bjorn Engels conceded a penalty, but, like Alderweireld, Engels then made amends for his error by netting to make it 2-2.
With the score tied as the match passed the 90-minute mark, it appeared the points would be shared, but another huge Engels error – he failed to control the ball and it rolled under his foot into Son’s path – allowed the South Korea ace to net his second of the afternoon and Spurs’ third in their 3-2 win .
The loss will hurt relegation battlers Villa even more given they had so, so many chances to take a commanding lead over Spurs after Alderweireld’s own goal opener.
They were running riot against Tottenham’s shaky backline in the opening passages, with Mourinho’s defence being ripped apart with ease every time Villa pushed forward.
It was a far cry from the typical Mourinho team, known for their brilliant defence and ‘park the bus’ methodology.
And Cascarino believes Spurs were lucky to come away from the Midlands with all three points given they so easily could have ‘blown’ the match.
In his Times column, Casc wrote: “What a crazy game between Aston Villa and Tottenham, with both teams charging from one end of Villa Park to the other.
“At times it was like watching a kids’ Sunday morning match.
“Jose Mourinho’s teams are meant to be hard to beat. Not this one. They could easily have blown this, while Villa concede too many goals.
“It was the sort of game where coaches would be tearing their hair out after working hard all week watching videos, preparing tactics to counter the opposition.
“This, though, looked like no preparation had been done. These teams know they will have to do so much better.”
Mourinho will have to put the hours in to ensure his defence is up to scratch by Wednesday evening, with RB Leipzig visiting north London in the Champions League round-of-16.
The Germans are unlikely to be as forgiving in front of goal as Villa, given they’ve scored 56 times in only 22 matches this season and boast the brilliant Timo Werner as their star striker.
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