Tottenham Hotspur’s coach, Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy with his players after his team’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on December 13, 2020. He claimed that his players did the exact opposite of what he had asked them to do at half-time.
Tottenham Missed the Opportunity to Top the Table
The game had started perfectly from the North London side, as Harry Kane gave them a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Tottenham continued to control the match until half-time and looked on course for a fifth away win. Getting the three points would have allowed Mourinho’s side to maintain a two points lead over Liverpool in the race for the English championship. The draw, however, meant that both teams would be sharing the first and second with 25 points each.
Crystal Palace took control of the second half and managed to equalize through Jeffrey Schlupp in the 81st minute as he took advantage of a spill by Spurs French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris. The goal woke up the Tottenham players who finished the match against their London rivals strongly but were denied a win by a series of impressive saves by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
Mourinho Regrets His Team Losing Two Valuable Points
After the game, Mourinho shared with reporters “I told the players at half-time the exact opposite of what we did in the second half”. However, he refused to blame Lloris for his team’s draw. He even went a step further and confirmed that his goalkeeper is the best in the Premier League and that if someone is to blame, it’s the entire team.
The Portuguese manager also told the journalists that his team had dropped two points because when he split the game into three parts, his team was clearly the better side. The only weak period for Tottenham was between the 45th and 75th minutes of the match.
The only positive thing about the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace was that Tottenham Hotspur extended their unbeaten league run to 11 games.
The Rise In Transfers Has Affected the College Sports Fandom
Many believe that the name on the front of a jersey is more important than the one on its back, and it now appears that The Transfer Portal has tested that motto. Fans of the Michigan and Michigan State athletics have shared their opinion on the portal and the accelerated rate of transfers in college sports. One showing an example is the transfer of football player Ben VanSumeren from Michigan State to East Lansing again in Michigan. Still, it gives underclassmen who are unhappy with their playing time and veterans looking to play their last season elsewhere a good way for transferring.
Fans Are Not Too Concerned About Losing Promising Players to Transfers
Despite the fact that promising players are rarely using the Transfer Portal, there is still disappointment among the fans when it does happen. The tension surrounding such possibilities is slowly rising, especially when someone like Rocket Watts leaves the program. Many fans believe that court production is the most important thing but still feel a connection with the roster. Those who follow the recruiting process even get to know a player before they arrive on campus, and not getting to see that happen during transfers is considered a downside by many.
The Transfer Portal Is Largely Viewed as a Magnet That Pulls Players Away from Their Teams
College athletes are limited to four or five years with their team, and many stars tend to leave sooner. This makes the Transfer Portal a magnet that could pull players away and reshape college rosters every year. This means that in three or four years, teams can be completely overhauled and can make it difficult for some fans to get invested in their team.
Ultimately, the names on the back of a jersey are changing all the time, while the one on the front stays the same. According to one fan, it would be fine if an entire team is made of transfers as long as it competed for a Big Ten title. Apparently, winning trumps all.