Overlook Hojbjerg: £120k-p/w Spurs star as soon as blasted as “erratic” was Jose”s actual hero – opinion
Serge Aurier was Jose Mourinho’s hero on the Tottenham Hotspur supervisor’s newest return to Stamford Bridge after vastly impressing in Sunday’s goalless draw with Chelsea.
Mourinho has not often loved success on his encounters with the south west London outfit since being fired by Roman Abramovich in 2015, with Manchester United profitable simply twice in seven clashes underneath the Portuguese who had solely received as soon as in three with Spurs forward of this weekend.
However whereas Mourinho continues in his seek for a primary win at Stamford Bridge as the pinnacle coach of an opposing aspect since a 1-0 victory with Inter Milan in March 2010, the 57-year-old will depend Sunday’s affair as a constructive outcome having shut out Frank Lampard’s Blues with a formidable defensive exhibiting.
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Aurier was key to Tottenham conserving Chelsea at bay all through the 90-minutes at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the Ivory Coast full-back producing a vastly spectacular show, capitalised by his late intervention to disclaim Christian Pulisic a profitable objective.
Tottenham haven’t all the time seen the very best from Aurier since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain for £23million in 2017, because the 27-year-old has previously been blasted for being smug by Alan Pardew and slammed by Spurs icon Teddy Sheringham.
“Perhaps he’s been advised slightly an excessive amount of,” Sheringham claimed on Sky Sports activities, through quotes by the Day by day Mail, after being despatched off throughout a 3-2 win over West Ham in 2017. “He was erratic at the moment. Nevertheless it’s not about being erratic, it’s about being sturdy and managed and getting in opposition to folks.”
Aurier was removed from erratic through the battle on the Bridge on Sunday as he earned his fourth begin of the Premier League season, with the £14.4m-rated man standing as much as the duty of conserving Chelsea’s €50m (£45m) striker Timo Werner quiet.
Mourinho might have opted to bench Aurier following Matt Doherty’s return from coronavirus, having confirmed the Republic of Eire right-back was in competition after that includes within the midweek Europa League conflict with Ludogorets after sitting out Spurs’ 2-0 win over Manchester Metropolis.
Mourinho’s summer time signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has obtained rave critiques for his efficiency at Chelsea on Sunday, with the Night Commonplace lauding the Denmark worldwide for serving because the Portuguese tactician’s on-field basic.
Aurier, nonetheless, was Mourinho’s hero at Stamford Bridge, with the 5 ft 9 full-back having fun with the second-most touches (66) by a Spurs participant and registering the joint-most tackles tried (3) and profitable efforts (2), per WhoScored.
He additional stood out with two clearances and a joint-team excessive two interceptions and three aerial duels received, whereas being dribbled previous simply as soon as and by no means being dispossessed.
Of the £120,000-per-week defender’s 37 passes, 30 have been correct. Aurier additionally accounted for 2 of Tottenham’s complete 5 pictures and sole on-target try, whereas profitable seven of 10 duels, through SofaScore.
Whereas Doherty is again in coaching and featured in opposition to Ludogorets, Mourinho will discover it arduous to bench Aurier following his efficiency at Stamford Bridge.
AND in different information, Gary Mabbutt has solely advised Soccer FanCast what Jose Mourinho did “loads of” at Tottenham.
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