The budding connection between Harry Kane and Gareth Bale makes a compelling case for José Mourinho to throw caution to the wind on a more regular basis. There have been too many occasions this season when Tottenham have sat back on slender leads and invited pressure before throwing points away. It has become a costly habit and, on the evidence of this destruction of Crystal Palace, a wholly unnecessary one.
With two elite forwards operating on the same wavelength, Spurs had no need for negativity. Kane and Bale were quite the double act, combining to devastating effect against a limited Palace side. The former was splendid in his dual role as incisive playmaker and lethal finisher, while the latter’s resurgence has given Spurs a new lease of life and an excellent chance of Champions League qualification. Mourinho, so sullen a few weeks ago, suddenly finds himself with an attack that can take on anyone; his task is making the most of it.
Written by Jacob Steinberg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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