With the Champions League places now almost certainly beyond Spurs’ reach, my hope for the remaining games of the season was that Pochettino would put some work into improving his defence. With that in mind, I suppose I can’t complain too much after this drab 0-0 draw.
Before the match much of the focus had been on how to solve the problem of Tottenham’s fragile back-line. Unsurprisingly Vlad Chiriches hadn’t featured in many people’s suggestions. The Romanian had a solid game filling in for a sick Jan Vertonghen.
With Hugo Lloris out and Walker replaced at half time by Davies, a makeshift defence did well – of course, Burnley’s lack of quality meant it wasn’t the sternest of tests. Chiriches and Davies both showed their versatility as the Romanian moved from the centre to right back, while the Welshman ended up partnering Dier.
The best chance of the match fell to the home side within the opening minutes as Danny Ings raced through after Ryan Mason was caught dwelling on the ball near his own goal. The now England midfielder will have breathed a sigh of relief as Ings shot straight at Vorm.
Most disappointing was the way Spurs were reduced to efforts from distance, lacking the subtlety to move the ball in the opposition area. Burnley out-shot us 15 to 12, and 10 of the Tottenham efforts were from outside the box.
Pochettino had handed the captain’s armband to Kane, a recognition of the fact his performances this year have not just been about scoring goals. Here, the Spurs forward struggled to make much of an impression and often had to come deep to find space as Burnley’s two banks of four held strong.
There’s not much more to say. Maybe the quality of the match was predictable. One team tired after a long campaign, the other under pressure, the threat of relegation hanging over their heads, happy to get a point. Let’s hope Spurs season doesn’t just peter out from here on.
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