- For the second time in five days Spurs put in a disappointing performance and rode their luck but for the second time in five days we took the three points. It’s difficult to know whether to be happy or worried!
- This felt a lot like the Newcastle game. The first half was solid but uninspiring – Spurs had the lead and were comfortably in charge. Then from the first moments of the second half we were struggling. This time round we held on but if the Greeks had taken their chances it could have been very different. What is Pochettino saying to the players at half-time?
- The Tottenham defence is extremely vulnerable to balls over the top and swift counter attacks and it doesn’t seem to matter who plays in it. Part of this is the high defensive line without enough pressure on the ball, part of it a lack of cover in midfield. This isolates defenders and puts them at risk of giving away penalties and getting red cards. This was the fourth sending off for Spurs of the season and the seventh penalty we’ve conceded in just 18 games.
- Given these defensive issues, I had recently advocated giving Stambouli a chance in the league, to try to add some more cover and a bit more dynamism. Here he provided little to no help, as a relatively mediocre team caused us some serious problems.
- This season we have had difficulty breaking down compact defensive teams and our lack of width up front has been a big contributory factor. It also adds to our problems at the back, leaving the fullbacks very exposed. The average player position map for the game, clearly demonstrates the narrowness of our attack and midfield:
It was noticeable that on two of the few occasions Townsend got at Asteras out wide he created our two goals.
- Tottenham controlled the game with 69% possession but were out-shot 17 to 13. The statistics reflect the flow of the game as we had a lot of the ball but Asteras made a lot of the possession they had.
- Fullback is a problem area for Tottenham at the moment. At Southampton Pochettino had Luke Shaw. Rose, Davies, Naughton and Dier as yet don’t compare. The sooner we get Kyle Walker back the better. He’s the one defender we have who can provide real danger on the overlap.
- Dembele is a very frustrating player. He always seems to take several touches, look around, shimmy past a player, then pass it backwards. To me he just appears to get in the way.
- Adebayor didn’t even travel. In fact he hasn’t travelled away in Europe since Spurs played Sheriff Tiraspol last year, when Andre Villa-Boas was in charge.
- Kane scored yet again, however the fact that he started here does not bode well for his chances of making the eleven in the league on Sunday. Surely Pochettino can’t leave him out?
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