For the second Wednesday game under Jose Mourinho, Spurs didn’t turn up, still the beating wasn’t as bad as the first game against Bayern.
Qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League was assured in the last game against Olympiacos. Spurs couldn’t overtake Bayern to take top spot in the group, so it was a dead rubber… though not as dead as Spurs looked.
With this being a nothing game, Jose left a number of his important players at home and picked the understudies, who proceeded to show why their understudies and made sure he probably won’t pick them again.
Kyle Walker-Peters hasn’t got any better as a fullback. He was in competition with Danny Rose for the worst fullback on the pitch, as the latter showed why nobody really showed any interest in buying him during the summer. Danny Rose standard facial expression is confused. KWP’s is deer in the headlights.
It was a bit of a surprise it took the home side nearly a quarter of an hour to open the scoring. But Coman was all on his lonesome on the Bayern left wing, KWP couldn’t have been more tucked in if his mother had put him to bed.
The big shock came after 20 minutes when after some actual passing between Spurs players Lo Celso played a ball through that was to nobody but was played into the path of Sessegnon, starting his first game for his new club, who took a touch then smacked the ball past the World Cup winner Neuer to level the score.
Sessegnon’s first goal for the club. The problem is as a left winger will he play? Is Jose gonna shift Son to accommodate him? Or can they shift him back to his original left-back position? Now image him overlapping Son o the left.
Again more surprise as Munich failed to retake the lead until just on half time. Gnabry running all over Rose, who was trying to get tucked in with KWP.
Mueller had come on for Coman after a bizarre incident when the player took himself out with a weird stumbling leap. It put the Germans ahead after a bit of pinball saw a couple of missed chances and yet more inept defending from absent fullbacks.
It was probably all over by then but Coutinho really finished it just after the hour.
Mo Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Arjen Robben all come down the right cut in and curl it in the far post with their left. Eden Hazard, Frank Ribery and Philippe Coutinho all come down the left, cut in and curl it in the far post with their right.
And fullbacks just stand and watch.
This forced Jose to make chances. Poch style head-scratcher ones. Why bother taking Parrott to leave him on the bench? Why bother bringing Son on when the game is gone and the result is unimportant?
It made about as much sense as his final change. Wanyama for Dier. Like for like, three down and change the holding midfielder. Very Poch. Lo Celso came off for Skipp in that first change, I don’t know if we’ll see the Argentinian again. He didn’t have a great night, not the sort that would make Jose keep him you feel. Does he know he’s not wanted. It would have been better to keep him on and take off Eriksen who showed his disinterest again. Dier was poor. Lumbering and his passing was basically awful.
He wasn’t alone. Sissoko was the Sissoko of old. Sessegnon was the only one who came out with any credit. The one you think will feature in the future. The others well, they had their chance…