Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager! Tottenham Hotspur went three games without a win in the Premier League in Mourinho’s final three games. The club have finally decided to end what quickly turned out to be a terrible managerial appointment. Now, on Wednesday night, Spurs face off with Southampton at home in the division. Tottenham Hotspur are four points off of fifth-place Chelsea in the standings. After a 2-2 draw with Everton last Friday, Spurs hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season took a major hit.
Southampton go into Wednesday night’s game following a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup semifinal on Sunday. The Saints outplayed Leicester City for 90 minutes but a fortunate goal for Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho gave the Foxes the win.
The reverse fixture at St. Mary’s Stadium ended in a 5-2 win for Spurs. It came at a time in which Premier League onlookers believed Mourinho could bring a first-ever Premier League title to the north Londoners. Since December, Spurs have been incredibly inconsistent. The reverse match saw Heung-min Son score four times with Harry Kane tallying one. The 5-2 victory witnessed Tottenham Hotspur come from behind as Danny Ings opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with Son scoring 13 minutes later.
Spurs are unbeaten in eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions versus Southampton. They won six of those eight matches. Southampton have not won in north London since the 2015-16 Premier League season. Can they end their drought of wins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this week?
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Tottenham Hotspur took just eight points from their last 18 available in the league. The team continue to be inconsistent as they scored 12 goals over the course of their last six games, but the defence allowed 10 to opponents. Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Everton combined to score seven goals over the course of those last three games.
Bookies have Spurs at odds of 20/23 to win at full-time on Wednesday night. Their excellent trend of being unbeaten versus Southampton has them as favourite. Southampton took just six points from the last 18 on offer in the league. They scored eight times while allowing 13 goals. Bookies have the Saints at odds of 18/5 to win at the end of full-time.
Southampton are just nine points ahead of 18th-place Fulham in the race for Premier League survival. Since late December, Southampton have shown nothing but relegation form. The Saints put a lot of energy into a great run to the FA Cup semifinals. Now, Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to get his players re-focused to push away from the relegation zone.
Hasenhuttl’s team have an extremely difficult run of fixtures to finish out the season. After facing Spurs, they face off with Leicester City, Liverpool, West Ham and Leeds United. Their game on May 12 versus Fulham could be a massive Premier League relegation six-pointer.
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Spurs are sweating the fitness of Harry Kane. The striker has another ankle injury that will keep him on the sidelines. Reports on Monday claim Kane will miss up to three weeks of games. His absence could greatly dent Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for next term.
Defender Matt Doherty is a doubt for the game on Wednesday night. He is more likely to return for the weekend when Spurs play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final. Ben Davies is ruled out with a lower leg injury.
Of course, the big news is Mourinho’s sacking, which has been coming all season. Despite making the Carabao Cup Final, Mourinho has turned a team that was runner-up in the Champions League the season before taking over, into a mid-table side. Moreover, Mourinho’s impact has damaged the careers of certain players, including once undroppable Dele Alli.
Ryan Mason has taken training and could oversee the game on Wednesday. All of Mourinho’s staff have been axed. Perhaps the biggest dilemma Spurs had in the sacking of the manager is the £16 million now owed in severance pay.
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The sacking of Mourinho could take the reins off of Spurs attack. The manager played so negatively in big games. Forget that Spurs scored five against Southampton the last time they met. Spurs are not that team right now. Mason, if in charge, could play the team everyone expected to see (minus Kane) with Gareth Bale, Alli, Son, and other attackers being restored. Three straight games between Spurs and Southampton ended with both teams scoring.
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Son has 14 goals in 31 league games, but has cooled off massively since the turn of the year. Son has just two goals since January 2. He bagged four against Southampton when the teams previously met. Without Mourinho’s dated tactics, Son could power Spurs to a win with goals. Son’s last goal came on matchday 31 against Manchester United.
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Ten of the last 15 games in all competitions between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Back-to-back games between the teams saw over 2.5 goals scored. Spurs should go out and score goals with a new mindset in the team. They have a massive cup final this weekend against Manchester City. Sacking Mourinho this week could either see the club overcome odds and win the cup or fall in devastating fashion.
Tottenham Hotspur need to win on Wednesday night to gain momentum for the Carabao Cup Final. Southampton are coming off of a loss in the FA Cup semifinal. The big question is: will the team be able to bounce back from the loss to Leicester City? Expect Spurs to be motivated under an interim coach. There is hope that RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann will arrive in the summer to take over. There is still a lot to play for in the league and cup to reach that point.
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