What a distinction a year makes. Besides in north London, where time has stopped.
It was a February midweek game in 2020 when Timo Werner tired Tottenham out and RB Leipzig ought to have won by a road, as opposed to only 1-0 in the Champions League.
There was no Harry Kane that evening because of injury and Tottenham gave a lazy presentation until springing up late.
As Jose Mourinho said that evening: “What stresses me is that these are our players for the following anyway numerous matches.”
All things considered, Jose, it’s not exactly Groundhog Day (that was Tuesday), however where is the advancement with Spurs?
A 1-0 home thrashing to Chelsea implies Mourinho has not won any of his last seven games against his old club, and without precedent for his vocation he has lost successive Premier League home games, with this mishap following the 3-1 destruction to Liverpool.
With Kane harmed and Tottenham generally dumbfounded without him, it feels like they are taking a mid-season break while the remainder of the Premier League plays on.
“We are truly in a tough situation,” Mourinho added the evening of that Leipzig misfortune, thus here we are once more.
Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League, bitten up and spat out by the large young men in the early season jarring in the wake of transitory title talk, bound for mid-table lack of clarity excepting an abrupt upswing.
In any case, Tottenham can never be dark in mid-table on the grounds that the objective each season is far higher. They stand apart from the group. Individuals notice. You love to see it, rival fans would say.
What’s more, whatever amount of David Moyes merits immense credit, it should be profoundly daunting for all worried at Tottenham, including administrator Daniel Levy, for a Mourinho group to sit five focuses behind Moyes’ West Ham, the stick of the day for beating large spending London sides.
On a downpour doused Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pitch, Eric Dier parted with the punishment that chose this game when he tumbled to the ground and played out a type of postmodern squirm on his rear, flicking his feet out along these lines and that in a particularly way that somebody will undoubtedly go along with him on the deck.
Werner, actually looking for his magic at Chelsea yet energetic enough here, was the man to be sent smashing and Jorginho controlled a straightforward punishment past Hugo Lloris.
At half-time, BT Sport intellectual Rio Ferdinand was coldblooded, the previous England skipper saying of Spurs: “There’s no strategy … I’ve not seen any examples of play in this game.
“It simply appears to be a group that doesn’t know what they’re doing when they have the ball.”
Mourinho left Gareth Bale on the seat all through, placing his confidence in Carlos Vinicius having as of late wouldn’t engage utilizing his on-advance Real Madrid star as a striker.
Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura supplanted Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele halfway during that time half as Spurs looked for some flash.
Edouard Mendy delivered a nice save to deny Lamela a 20-yard strike into the left corner, yet there was insufficient little to appreciate about a Tottenham side who were out-shot 18-7 by their guests.
Artisan Mount was amazing and Werner nearly added a second late on, smacking a savage shot that appeared as though it would have stung Dier, who made the square.
Yet, much the same as on his past visit to this space-age arena, one objective was sufficient for Werner’s group.
Chelsea have another supervisor in Thomas Tuchel and he has given them a ‘bob’. Tottenham have bobbed under Mourinho before yet now their football has gone level. There is no ricochet. There is no dynamic quality. Three annihilations in eight days, Kane out, and you sense there is no simple fix.
West Brom are the guests on Sunday. On the off chance that Tottenham flop once more, there will be no place to cover up for Mourinho.