Skip to content

Vertonghen nets late winner as Spurs close gap on Chelsea to three points

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S winning message is coming through loud and clear.Lucas Moura had revealed the Portuguese has been drumming it into his players that they have the capacity to be winners since arriving at Tottenham.6 Tottenham edged out a 2-1 win away at Molineux to lift them up to fifth in the tableCredit: Reuters6 Spurs are now just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the tableCredit: PA:Empics SportBut when the Brazilian’s super opener was ruled out by a Adama Traore wonderstrike, you wondered if Spurs would fall into bad habits and fold under the pressure.Yet their ability to withstand a Wolves onslaught before nicking it at the death through Jan Vertonghen’s header showed times are a-changing under Mourinho.This certainly was the kind of game they would have lost in the miserable final year of Mauricio Pochettino.But whatever you think about him, Mourinho has proved to be a champion again and again throughout his trophy-laden career.He has hardened up a soft centre with the return of hardman Eric Dier and Vertonghen installed at left-back.And it has been paying off big time with this Spurs’ fifth win in Mourinho’s seven games.It also ended Wolves’ 11-game unbeaten streak in the league which is a serious achievement given the talented outfit Nuno Espirito Santo has put together.This was effectively the Jorge Mendes derby with both managers on the books of Portuguese super agent.6 Lucas Moura opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a strike that nestled into the roof of the netCredit: Reuters6 Adama Traore equalised in fine fashion in the 67th minute with an effort from outside the boxCredit: Rex FeaturesNuno became Mendes’ first-ever client when the pair linked up in the mid 90s.While the Wolves boss was Porto’s sub goalkeeper for their 2004 Champions League triumph, masterminded by Mourinho.The South Bank sang ‘Nuno is the special one’ in support of their idol and in a cheeky dig at the arrogant nickname Mourinho once gave himself.But it was the Spurs boss who was soon jumping for joy as Moura put the visitors ahead in style.Wanderers thought they had cleared the danger when Rui Patricio parried Son Heung-Min’s shot and the ball was hacked to safety.Yet it fell to the feet of Moura outside the area and the Samba star danced past two defenders in the box before lashing high into the net.Patricio should have done better but it was still a goal of breathtaking quality and one that saw Moura net at Molineux for the second year running.6 Spurs have got back to winning ways after losing to Bayern Munich on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho’s winning words looked to have his players feeling ten feet tall as 5ft8in Moura outjumped 6ft3in Romain Saiss as they vied for a header.The opener sparked a terrific first half where the hosts – led by the rapid Diogo Jota and the playmaker Joao Moutinho – pinned back their opponents, who always looked dangerous on the break.Jota looked full of confidence having his five goals in his last two games – including an 11-minute hat-trick in the 4-0 bashing of Besiktas on Thursday.The Portuguese was a constant threat with his direct running and on 26 minutes teed up strike partner Raul Jimenez, whose sliced shot went inches wide.Harry Kane then copped flak from the home crowd as he nutmegged Romain Saiss in the area and then went down as he tried to go round the Moroccan.Ref Stuart Attwell waved play on and a swift VAR review upheld the decision – prompting Kane to be roundly booed.Attwell then played an excellent advantage on a foul on Moura which saw Dier exchange passes with Dele Alli and strike a post.6 Spurs will leapfrog Chelsea in the table should they beat the Blues next weekCredit: Getty – ContributorThe lofted return pass from Alli was the former MK Dons man at his finest, continuing his renaissance under Mourinho.Spurs’ boss had come with a tactic to defend deeply, soak up pressure and hit Nuno’s men on the break.It was working until 67 minutes in when his backline decided to stop off Traore outside the box. It was a mistake they would live to regret.Jimenez laid it off to the Spanish powerhouse who unleashed an unstoppable effort into the far corner from 20 yards. Paulo Gazzaniga was at full stretch but touched nothing but air.Wolves pushed for a winner with Traore electric down the right.Brighton had three players cautioned scything down the jet-heeled Spaniard at the Amex last week.Spurs went for the same tactics as Dier and Kane were both cautioned for cynical fouls on the ex-Middlesbrough speedster.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAnd then came the gut punch for the hosts as sub Christian Eriksen flung in a corner which a totally unmarked Vertonghen rose to power past Patricio.Pochettino’s era of heroic near misses is over.Mourinho, the serial winner, is here and Tottenham mean business.Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img

Comments are closed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *