Tottenham's defeat by Everton will increase doubts about Jose Mourinho


What a shame there were no TV cameras in the Tottenham dressing room this time.

You suspect Jose Mourinho might just have been angrier and more entertaining than anything we have seen in Amazon’s fly-on-the-wall documentary All Or Nothing.

They got nothing and deserved nothing. But it already raises serious question marks about what lays ahead this season for Tottenham, Mourinho and, in particular, Harry Kane.

Tottenham were outclassed, outwitted and outfought by an Everton team who were buoyed by their three big summer signings and they look far more likely to kick on this season.

James Rodriguez shone with his superstar quality, Brazilian midfielder Allan dominated and his partnership with Abdoulaye Doucouré was terrific as Everton bossed Tottenham.

Incredibly, this was Everton’s first away win at a top six opponent in 41 games, a run which stretches back to December 2013 and, while there have been false dawns before, this should give genuine cause for optimism.
Jose Mourinho wouldn't have been happy with what he saw on Sunday (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

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That was in stark contrast to Tottenham who looked flat, leggy and short of ideas. Their midfield new boy Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was outmanoeuvred by Allan and Doucouré and made him look decidedly average.

But perhaps most worrying for Spurs was Kane who has rescued them so many times down the years but looked way off in terms of both match fitness and confidence.

Incredibly, Kane touched the ball just twice in the Everton penalty box, Mourinho chopped and changed his line-up and formation through the game but none of his four partners - Dele Alli, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or Heung-Min Son - could get him going.

Mourinho was brought in to win trophies, pure and simple and he can only be thankful that the Spurs fans were not at White Hart Lane in these desperate times. It might have turned ugly.
Tottenham were far from their best against Everton (Image: Getty Images)

They were already not sure on Mourinho, this sort of performance will only increase the doubts especially as it was the first time in 19 seasons that the Spurs boss has lost the opening game of any season.

Mourinho revels in being the self proclaimed Special One, the manager who is a born winner who sets the tone from day one. This, unfortunately, does not bode well.

Everton were terrific and their transfer business looks to have lifted the squad. Carlo Ancelotti will probably feel his team could and should have won more comfortably because they played with such style and grace.

James was the headline-grabbing signing and he was magnificent out on the right, cutting inside and picking passes with his wand of a left foot as he glided across the pitch. He looks a wonderful addition for the Premier League. Allan and Doucoure were excellent as well.

Everton should have gone ahead after just 16 minutes when Ben Davies appalling square pass put in Richarlison, the Brazil forward rounded Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris only to somehow miss from point blank range. It will be the miss of the season.
Mourinho's Tottenham got off to a losing start in the Premier League

Twice, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford made super saves to deny Dele Alli and then Matt Doherty but Spurs were second best. Mourinho hooked Alli at half time and you can only imagine that would have been a team talk worth watching.

Everton got even better after the restart and fully deserved to go ahead after 55 minutes. Lucas Digne’s inch perfect free kick found Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he completely lost Eric Dier and the striker powered home a brilliant header.

Richarlison had two more chances to increase the lead. Mourinho tried to switch things but could not find a solution. It ended up looking like Everton are going places while Tottenham are in danger of going backwards.

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