Brazil’s catastrophic defeat at the hands of Germany has reverberated around the football World, not just because they were hosts and the pre-tournament favourites but because they are the nation that has come to define football excellence. A little of that mystique has gone forever.
While the Manchester City defeat was dispiriting, it isn’t a game we expect to win. It’s the failure to get three points from matches against teams like Hull City that really hurts our league aspirations. Games we should win.
As has happened many times this season, under AVB and Sherwood, while playing one up front or two up front, we failed to break down a stubborn defence. At the same time our backline looked extremely vulnerable to balls played behind it.
Younes Kaboul, Paulinho, Sandro and Jan Vertonghen all started in a win for Spurs’ reserve team last night and should be available for Wednesday’s game against Manchester City. Assuming they are fully fit this will create some interesting selection dilemmas for Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood.