Spurs, a team that without a doubt had a huge splash in this Summer's transfer window, showed a lack of morale, confidence and desire at The Lane.
How did Spurs lose?
- Defoe shouldn't have played- As a Europa League player he has been aware and clinical, but as a Premier League player he doesn't have the strength nor the ability to hold up the ball. Soldado without a doubt should have been played as he is the poacher Spurs need, unfortunately he is unsettled.
Lack of width- don't get me wrong, Townsend is an aspect to the future of Spurs, however I felt he cut in too much and didn't supply a wide option. This may be a cause to Defoe; as he is not the target man that Spurs can cross too. Not only that, Sigurdsson was also too narrow, he didn't give Eriksen an option to pass to. With addition to this, Walker filled in the gap that Townsend left when he cut inside, but his crossing was un-satisfactory and Naughton is right footed which is dreadful as he narrows the play when he plays on the left.
- Dembele didn't offer balance and structure- Dembele played too deep in this match up. It isn't a natural position for him as he is dangerous on the counter or in the middle of midfield. As a deep player he is instantly under pressure and therefore struggles.
- A Lack of belief- Spurs haven't been winning enough games, particularly when they lose to big clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal. The fact we haven't won these big games can make a dent in our confidence.
Europa Competition- Playing and travelling in the Europa League and then having to play on a Sunday is difficult. However, travelling to Russia can cause jet lag and tiredness. Games like this is the prime reason as to why AVB wanted a to sign more players to build a larger and more versatile squad. As a young manager, AVB would want to go for as many competitions as possible for his CV. However, with his lack of experience he may not realise that maybe it's best just to go for one competition which is what Harry Redknapp did when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
In conclusion, our team lacked control of midfield, width of attack, and AVB made a poor choice regarding strikers. For the next game I have high hopes that Spurs will fix these errors and move on to the next fixture at Villa Park when we play a Villa side who have beaten Manchester City 3-2. But on that point Villa have Graig Gardner out with a back injury and Christian Benteke out with a groin/pelvis injury; more will be discussed on that in my next article post.
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