Category: Crystal Palace

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Poch is brutally honest here about his targets…

Poch is brutally honest here about his targets for this season. Priority lies with the Top 4 and not the domestic cups. As usual, ‘fans’ will take issue with his dismissal of the domestic cup competitions. Still so much to play for.

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Crystal Palace 2 Spurs 0 (FA Cup 4th Round)

Knocked out in two cup competitions within days of each other has signalled an onslaught from the media, rival fans and even some of our own that Spurs’ season is somehow over. 

Hardly. 

Handily placed in the Premier League and with a Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund in February, Spurs’ season is still very much alive. 

For Mauricio Pochettino, it was clear that this FA Cup 4th round tie was an inconvenience especially with crucial ‘home’ league games against Watford and Newcastle coming up in quick succession. 

That would explain the decidedly weakened lineup – no Lloris, no Alderweireld, no Rose, no Eriksen, no Winks etc etc. and in the second half, Pochettino even decided to bring off the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Lucas Moura when ‘chasing’ the game, surely with an eye to Watford and Newcastle. 

Pochettino confirmed his priority post-match and considering Spurs terrible injury record this season, is perfectly reasonable. Given a choice, I would rather Spurs finish in the Top 4 then win either the League or FA Cup. 

In the end, it was one of those games – sloppy defending led to an early two-goal deficit from which Spurs never recovered. To compound matters, Kieron Trippier contrived to miss a penalty – a clear sign that it was not going to be our day. 

I am not going to get into the reasons why the cup exits are not primarily due to Spurs’ lack of investment in the close season but suffice to say that I am quite glad the unwelcome distraction of the FA Cup is gone and we can focus now on the Premier League and the Champions League. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Starting line-up against Crystal Palace in the…

Starting line-up against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup 4th round. 

Fringe players like Paulo Gazzaniga, Oliver Skipp, Georges-Kevin N’koudou, Juan Foyth, Fernando Llorente and Kyle Walker-Peters get their chance to shine. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

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