A North London derby Spurs were desperately lucky not to lose.
Spurs were never quite at the races today, and have been struggling in the last two games as well. It is frightening to see Spurs run around the pitch like headless chickens, unable to string two passes together and seemingly second best to the ball constantly.
The referee was diabolical all game, the two penalty awards were dubious and Spurs needed the agility of skipper Hugo Lloris to avoid defeat with a smart penalty save.
Harry Kane did what he does best – score and duly registered a record 9th NLD goal. That was probably the two bright spots today – that and the man of the match performance from the tireless Moussa Sissoko.
Fact is, we are missing the mercurial Dele Alli, his link up play and smart finishing have been sorely absent for some time now and hopefully his return from injury is imminent.
Hopefully, the resilience shown at the end will do the players some good as they take a 3-0 lead to Dortmund on Tuesday.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!
Like it or not, this particular North London derby has become the biggest game of the season. Until the next one, of course …
Spurs are going through a bad patch right now – two consecutive away defeats to Burnley and Chelsea have somewhat made this NLD a six pointer in the battle for Top 4 and as usual, for the usual bragging rights.
Anything less than a win cannot be contemplated. We need a Wembley performance similar to the 3-1 win over Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, especially that heady 2nd half.
The thing is, besides the continued absence of Eric Dier and Dele Alli, there is a doubt over Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks. Bad news all round.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino would be more concerned that our attacking players failed to conjure up a single shot on target against Chelsea and changes need to be made.
Is it time for Son Heung-Min to be given a rest? Or maybe even Christian Eriksen? Eriksen’s form has dipped alarmingly in recent weeks so maybe Erik Lamela should be given the nod instead – his fighting spirit will be much needed.
1-0 to the Spurs like last season – I’d take that. But deep inside, of course, a thrashing of the Arse would be marvellous BUT the reality is that a win – obtained in whatever manner – is the main priority.
Possible line-up : Lloris, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Sissoko, Wanyama, Lamela, Moura, Kane.