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Tottenham’s attack really is going to have to be the best around if they keep defending like they did in Sunday’s 3-3 draw vs. West Ham. Gareth Bale‘s second coming at Spurs inevitably drew the focus before the Hammers’ visit and the 31-year-old had the chance to write the perfect script, leaving Angelo Ogbonna on the turf as he cut inside and unleashed a left-foot shot in stoppage-time.
Bale’s shot flashed wide of Lukasz Fabianski‘s left-hand post and the moment evaporated. Instead of providing the storybook homecoming, Bale’s miss instead encapsulated how clinical Spurs need to be given a porous back-line that somehow contrived to throw away a 3-0 lead in the most dramatic of circumstances.
It was yet another example of Tottenham’s lack of a winning mentality or that ruthlessness Mourinho has identified as the major obstacle preventing them from lifting silverware.
The Premier League is throwing up high-scoring matches throughout the division this season — Spurs know this only too well, having thrashed Manchester United last time out — but teams still have to translate their superiority to the scoreline when they enjoy the better periods of play. Tottenham did that emphatically at Old Trafford and it appeared they had done so again here, racing into a 3-0 lead against a West Ham side completely flummoxed by Harry Kane‘s movement.
Midway through the first half, Hammers boss David Moyes could be heard trying to add his voice to a strained conversation