Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Germany looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit after the first leg.
But it didn’t happen.
Leipzig took the lead within 10 minutes when Marcel Sabitzer’s shot beat Huge Lloris, who could only get a weak hand on the ball before it rolled into the net.
Just 11 minutes later, it was 2-0 and questions were asked of the Spurs goalkeeper again, when he was beaten at his near post by Sabitzer’s header.
The visitors offered very little in response and their fate was sealed in the 87th minute when Emil Forsberg scored a third.
With that, Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League, losing 4-0 on aggregate. It could be quite a while before they return to European competition too.
This result will no doubt hurt the entire squad, but also Mourinho himself.
The Portuguese coach is now on the worst run of his entire managerial career – winless in six games (drawing two, losing four).
Incredibly, that hadn’t happened in Mourinho’s 929 previous matches.
So, is this a problem with Spurs, or their coach himself?
It’s probably a bit of both, to be honest.
Yes, Mourinho can complain about having a light squad and all the injury problems he has, but the way he set his side up on Tuesday was also a factor in the defeat.
Tottenham were outclassed in every area by a team very few had tipped to even reach the Champions League knockout stages.
Their latest defeat piles the pressure on for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, too.
Spurs need nothing less than three points to keep their top four – or even top six – hopes alive and taking points off a rival is essential.
Will Mourinho be able to get back to winning ways in north London this weekend? If he doesn’t, he might just struggle to shake off that ‘Special Once’ tag.
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