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Tottenham fans disagree with Jose Mourinho’s derby plan after Arsenal loss

Tottenham fans were left fuming following defeat to Arsenal, with many disagreeing with Jose Mourinho’s tactics.

Spurs went ahead at the Emirates thanks to Erik Lamela’s fine rabona though that came through one of their rare chances.

Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette turned the clash around for Arsenal as Spurs continued to be content in sitting back.

Indeed, it wasn’t until Lamela was sent off for a second yellow in the final 15 minutes that Tottenham really threatened.

Harry Kane had a header ruled out for offside, while the striker also struck the post with a free-kick.

And Tottenham fans were left wondering exactly why Mourinho set up the team the way he did for a derby.

One commented on social media: “Maddening that it took until the 80th minute, when already down to 10 men and trailing 2-1, for Spurs to have a go for it. Mourinho's tactics proven again to be unfit for purpose with this squad.”

While another added: “Three takeaways: 1) Spurs didn’t show up until they were reduced to 10-men. 2) Lamela can be intelligent with the ball but without it he makes very poor decisions. 3) Very poor match management from Mourinho.”

And a third wrote: “Wait till you’re losing 2-1 and down to 10 men before you start playing in a local derby. Mourinho’s Tottenham.”

Another agreed, posting: “Spurs played their best football in the last few minutes with 10 men. Rest of the game they were passive at best. Mourinho gone back to his usual tactics eh.”

One more frustrated Spurs fan tweeted: “Really disappointing performance from Spurs. Sat so deep, no pressure on Arsenal at all. Not till Lamela was sent off. Then we attacked and looked much much better, even w 10 men. Very frustrating game plan from Mourinho.”

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  • With another wondering: “A case of what could've been. Arsenal look nervous at the back when we've attacked with 10 men. Tactics again costing us. I thought Mourinho had realised that by now. Get him out.”

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