Tottenham’s most embarrassing moments this season

Tottenham, Tottenham, Tottenham. Wah, wah, wah. Sure, there are tougher teams to support out there, but Spurs are pretty difficult to love at the best of times.

The 2020/21 season has not been the best of times. Aside from maybe a month or so when it was nailed on that the Premier League title would be coming to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Apart from that, it’s been weird manager rants, terrible league results against minnows, dismal cup exits and, perhaps most shockingly, getting bodied by the dog of a paint company.

After a torrid campaign, José Mourinho was finally given his marching orders in April, with the club making it clear he had been sacked rather than any mutual agreement.

So, what better time to have a look back down this weird memory lane, seemingly whipped straight out of some Stanley Kubrick horror movie? Exactly.

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Steve Bruce and Mourinho hug it out | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Newcastle get a lot of bad press. Whether it’s over the club’s ownership, former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce being in charge, or the low quality of their squad, not a lot is right at the Tyne giants.

That being said, they’ve picked up two points against Spurs this season, both games highlighting the glaring problems present in Jose Mourinho’s side.

The first clash ended 1-1 as Tottenham failed to take their chances before Eric Dier was penalised for the harshest of VAR calls, while the 2-2 at St. James’ Park featured some of the worst defending you’ve ever likely to see. Arsenal loanee Joe Willock got the equaliser in that draw too.

Honestly, where do you even start here?

Dulux were announced as the club’s first official paint supplier. That’s all fine and dandy. However, it turns out whoever was running the social media account had too much freedom and started rinsing Tottenham left, right and centre, barely minutes after the deal had been announced.

Centre backs and trophy cabinets – nobody was safe. It felt like a low, but it’s been worse this season.

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Yeah, exactly that Erik | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Ok, to his credit Erik Lamela did show some fight in the loss at Arsenal in March, so much so that he scored an outrageous rabona and then got sent off.

But other than that, it was a dismal performance, especially against a Gunners side that are scrapping for a top ten finish, let alone European qualification.

Lamela’s strike counted for little as Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal the win. Hardly Patrick Vieira’s Arsenal, either.

There’s plenty that could have been done in the loss to Manchester United to avoid such an embarrassing day for Tottenham.

Spurs employed their usual tactic of dropping deep in the second half having taken the lead through Son Heung-min, leading to goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

Son was ‘caught’ by Scott McTominay in the build-up to a disallowed United goal, leading Red Devils manager Solskjaer to say he wouldn’t give the South Korean any dinner if he was his son. Weird thing to say, but Spurs boss Mourinho made things even weirder.

“Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole,” the former Chelsea manager started. “Because – I am a father – as a father, you have always to feed your kids, it doesn’t matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.

“I’m very, very disappointed. And with me, like we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese, I told Ole already what I think about his comments. And I have to tell you that I’m very disappointed in five, six or seven questions, you ignore the dimension of that comment.”

Eh?

3-0 up after 16 minutes and cruising, Tottenham were looking absolutely electric against West Ham. Three points were in the bag.

But then the most monstrous of meltdowns occurred. Fabian Balbuena nodded in, Davinson Sanchez scored an own goal and Manuel Lanzini netted one of the most incredible strikes you’re ever likely to see to salvage the Hammers a 3-3 draw from nowhere.

Later in the season, the game at the London Stadium was a much different affair. West Ham were favourites and just beginning to look like a side capable of finishing in the top four.

They took the lead inside four minutes – because of course they did – but the major humiliation came when Jesse Lingard added the second and whipped out his flute.

Fornals on guitar, Rice on drums, Bowen on vocals and Soucek as the hype man – yeah, that’s tough to see.

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Plenty of dejected faces | Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images

2-0 up after the first leg, Tottenham were expected to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League relatively easily.

But it’s never easy with Spurs.

The WhatsApp messages saying things like ‘we could go out here’ started trickling through to all Spurs fans, and soon Mislav Orsic had scored twice to take the game into extra game. His third supplied the lowest moment of Mourinho’s spell at Tottenham.

To cap it off, Joe Hart posted a story on his Instagram page with the caption ‘Job done’ – his team evidently thinking Spurs had actually won the game – and later had to upload an apology addressing it.

Very Spursy.

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