After edging past Everton, Tottenham Hotspur limped to a drab draw at Bournemouth.
Tottenham must quickly turn this form around as they head into the north London derby at the weekend. Spurs were spared any further blushes after Callum Wilson’s late winner was ruled out by VAR.
The Cherries thought he had scored a screamer until it was disallowed by the video assistant referee.
Tottenham now face Arsenal for the first time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of absolutely no one.
Mourinho will be well aware his side face an uphill struggle to reach the top four, as the Lilywhites lie ninth in the Premier League table, a point behind their arch-rivals, with everything left to play for when the two sides collide on Sunday.
Transfer Tavern have put together a predicted starting lineup, which sees the Portuguese pick arguably his strongest side available, as Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Tanguy Ndombele return.
Dele Alli missed the past two games against Everton and Bournemouth after sustaining a hamstring injury, and questions still remain over whether or not he will be ready to return.
Working on the proviso that he won’t have recovered in time, it seems logical to assume Mourinho will stick with the 4-3-3 attacking formation, which he has used ever since Alli has been unavailable for selection.
Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld made a surprise start together for the first time in ages. While Vertonghen would have been expected to make way for Eric Dier, who has made the position his own in recent weeks, the England man has been banned for four games by the FA and will miss the derby as a result.
The Lilywhites have leaked goals for fun throughout the season, as they have conceded more goals than Manchester United, Sheffield United and Premier League champions Liverpool so far.
Although Vertonghen and Alderweireld haven’t been at their best this season, their experience could prove vital as they try to fend off waves of attacks from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.
The change in formation clearly worked as it allowed Giovani Lo Celso to cause all sorts of problems for Bournemouth in the final third.
However, Spurs were desperate for someone to inspire the team to victory, and Tanguy Ndombele’s introduction seemed to make a difference, even if they didn’t come away with the vital three points.
Steven Bergwijn struggled to make much of an impression and he was eventually replaced by Son Heung-min. Lucas Moura seems to score in big games, as many still fondly remember his Champions League heroics last year. Both Lucas and Son could come back into the XI here at the expense of the Dutchman and Erik Lamela.
There is surely no better time for Mourinho to fully unleash Ndombele against Arsenal, as the Frenchman gave the boss a glimpse of what he has to offer in the draw with the Cherries.
The pair are in the middle of a public spat but they arguably need each other to save their careers.
He changed the tempo almost immediately and could provide Harry Kane with the service he desperately needs. Spurs have only scored two goals in the past three games, which should be giving Mourinho cause for concern.
At this stage, even scoring a goal would be a great start, and keeping a clean sheet would be an added bonus.
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