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Tottenham MUST prove they are a Mourinho team – TALK POINTS prior to FA Cup repeats

Although managers will say they could do without an extra game, that their priorities are elsewhere, no one will want to miss a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

For those who couldn’t get it done the first time asking this week brings a second chance, and Jose Mourinho now has to finish the four-run run of Tottenham without a win. Losing Middlesbrough at home and being knocked out of the FA Cup would be a disaster.

There are also other sub-plots. Rochdale makes the long trip to Newcastle, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keeps an eye on Shrewsbury-Bristol City.

Sportsmail looks at five key points of discussion for the replays of the FA Cup third round.

Tottenham is accused of “going backwards” since Jose Mourinho came and took over

Can Tottenham show that they really are a Mourinho team?

Mourinho loves a cup competition. He is a master at delivering trophies wherever he has been.

And so Tuesday night brings a huge significance to himself, his appointment and his group of players at Tottenham.

He is a master in creating a siege mentality, a mantra of “we versus them,” and he will have to do everything in his power to get his injured team over the line.

If Giovani Lo Celso had had that chance – and it’s still unclear how he missed – against Liverpool, they would have had a point and a platform to build on. But instead it was a loss and there are now four non-win games for Spurs.

Mourinho (left) faces his most difficult run as Spurs boss and has to win for his men

Mourinho (left) faces his most difficult run as Spurs boss and has to win for his men

Mourinho (left) faces his most difficult run as Spurs boss and has to win for his men

Christian Eriksen is said to play, although he is about to move to Inter Milan. There is no Harry Kane to save them, as he has done so many times over the years, and suddenly this pointed party must be creative in an attack.

The FA Cup proved elusive during his time at Manchester United and that will also be an extra incentive for Mourinho.

The style of Mourinho, a clear shift from what predecessor Mauricio Pochettino showed, has already drawn much criticism, with Jamie Caragher insisting that the club has deteriorated under him.

“Pochettino was one or two players away, I think when winning the competition,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.

“Jose Mourinho now, if he wants to play the way he wants to play, and that’s not what these players are used to, he needs four or five players to return to where Pochettino was.”

With injuries, worries and backs to the wall, Tottenham must show that they are a Mourinho side

With injuries, worries and backs to the wall, Tottenham must show that they are a Mourinho side

With injuries, worries and backs to the wall, Tottenham must show that they are a Mourinho side

Loss of Middlesbrough and the surly Mourinho that we saw at the end of his days at Old Trafford could come back to life.

Danny Rose greeted his boss as a “serial winner” and 25 career trophies would support that claim.

But the honeymoon period would be well over if his party fell flat in the next 90 minutes. It has the feeling of a defining moment for Mourinho on Spurs.

Rochdale’s recent FA Cup record puts Newcastle to shame

FA CUP REPLAYS

Blackpool v Read

Coventry City against Bristol Rovers

Newcastle United against Rochdale

Shrewsbury Town against Bristol City

Tranmere Rovers against Watford

Tottenham Hotspur against Middlesbrough

The fact that Rochdale has reached the FA Cup fourth round more often in the last six seasons says everything. When it comes to this game, the magpies are terrible.

Should Rochdale, currently 18th in League One, run the show in St James’ Park and move on, Steve Bruce and his players face a world of pain.

Newcastle has not continued to lift the FA Cup since 1954-55 and although they have exceeded expectations for the season in the competition, fans want to dream of tangible success, a trophy to show off.

Rocking along Rochdale is not exactly a good start, but the alternative will be much more spooky.

Will Joelinton FINALLY catch fire for Newcastle?

Regardless of how you look at it, there is no sugar coating one goal in 23 appearances when you cost a club record £ 40 million.

The barren flight of the Brazilian has seen him come in for scathing criticism and if he again draws a blank against Rochdale – after flopping in their first meeting – he may need a police escort,

“A tap-in would be nice. Who knows? It may be Joelinton’s evening in the FA Cup, “Bruce said without much conviction in the run-up.

“It can give him a kickstart. Like I said about Miguel Almiron, he just needed a goal to get going. Now he has three in six games. Fair game for him. “

Almiron is, in all honesty, a good example that Joelinton can look at. He does not lack support from the management, but sooner or later he has to give something back – or risk being one of the worst 9s the club ever represents.

Joelinton was a big disappointment since he came to Newcastle for £ 40 million in the summer

Joelinton was a big disappointment since he came to Newcastle for £ 40 million in the summer

Joelinton was a big disappointment since he came to Newcastle for £ 40 million in the summer

Chance to shine under the lights for Matheson

Try to find a club that doesn’t monitor Rochdale teen Luke Matheson’s progress. It may take a while.

Life has changed dramatically for the 17-year-old since he scored against Manchester United and Tuesday night is a new chance for him to win rave reviews at a Premier League stage.

It was his assist for Aaron Wilbraham who forced this repetition and Newcastle would be wise not to underestimate the skills of this talented teenager.

With a large money movement in the summer that beckoned, he was able to add a few zeros to his price tag with another instrumental display against Newcastle.

Luke Matheson is just 17, but has emerged as a shining light for Rochdale as large clubs swarm

Luke Matheson is just 17, but has emerged as a shining light for Rochdale as large clubs swarm

Luke Matheson is just 17, but has emerged as a shining light for Rochdale as large clubs swarm

Jurgen Klopp will think of New Meadow

Liverpool has enough on their plates as it is.

They navigated the Club World Cup, sent Everton in a FA Cup Merseyside derby, are still unbeaten and 14 clear points with a game in hand in the Premier League. And yet there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will keep a close eye on developments on New Meadow on Tuesday evening.

That is not because the German craves repetitions of the lower division cup. The winner of Shrewsbury and Bristol City will receive Klopp and his players in round four, so Tuesday night will act as a sort of reconnaissance mission for Liverpool.

If Liverpool is in it, they will do anything to win it. A historic season beckons.

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