Bad news for Spurs and our captain of course BUT one wonders if this will be a blessing in disguise. Lloris has been making mistakes of late – Southampton and this incident at Brighton very recent examples. Also, his kicking leaves a whole lot to be desired.
Two implications come to mind.
One, is Gazzaniga good enough for the rigours of the Premier League? So far, he has not really let the team down when called upon AND his kicking is so much better than Lloris. Might be Gazza’s chance to make the position his own. Who knows?
Two, Harry Kane will now take over as captain and I think this might be a good thing in light of the poor results and the mediocre team performances. Kane is passionate about Spurs and he could be the right man to give these prima donnas a kick up their collective arses!
In my match preview of this game, I wrote that Spurs had to beat Brighton, because plainly put, there was no choice. Especially after the Bayern humiliation.
We will never know if the Spurs players selected against Brighton – which included the return of Dier and Davies – were up to the task when captain Hugo Lloris broke his arm in a freak incident which led to Brighton’s opening goal.
The Spurs players were clearly rattled by that and never recovered, sleepwalking the rest of the game, as seasoned internationals performed like novices, allowing Brighton to dominate the game and extend their lead.
Harry Winks was brought on in the second half and while initially, the substitution seemed to kick some life into Spurs’ play, slowly but surely, the pattern of the match reverted to what it was in the first half – Brighton domination in the face of a lackadaisical Spurs response.
Inevitably, Brighton added a third before Moura was introduced and in his brief cameo threatened the Brighton goal more than any other Spurs player up to that point. But not by much, as Spurs continued to look tentative and ponderous, clueless as to how to break down Brighton’s defence and not bothering to break into sweat in an effort to achieve that aim.
It is crystal clear that there are many players who simply do not want to be at Tottenham Hotspur, and their failure to muster any commitment and passion today proved that their heart and mind are elsewhere. The club in not offloading these players during the close season have sabotaged the season and made manager Pochettino’s task an impossible one.
On his part, Pochettino has to put sentiment aside and drop the likes of Eriksen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Rose and Wanyama, once and for all. Pochettino needs to bite the bullet and blood the young players like Walker-Peters, Foyth, Sanchez, Skipp, Parrott and when available Lo Celso and Sessegnon as soon as possible.
Now is the time to put our faith in Pochettino, the players and the club have let him down, it would be a travesty (and a serious error) if the club chooses to sack him during this difficult time. Sincerely hope that Daniel Levy will see the situation for what it is. The January transfer window will provide an opportunity to freshen the squad again but until then, it is going to be a hard and gruelling two months.
The question on everyone’s mind is this – how will the Spurs players respond to the thrashing handed out by Bayern Munich in mid-week? Will their fragile confidence be able to handle a determined Brighton side on their own patch? Or will the humiliation serve as a wake-up call with Brighton the unfortunate victims of the Spurs backlash?
To be fair, if Spurs play tomorrow with the verve and commitment they demonstrated in that first half against Bayern, then Brighton might be in for a hard time. But seriously, how else can the Spurs players respond? That defeat must have wounded their collective pride and surely, there is no way these players would allow themselves to be let down again. Never mind their fans, their manager and their club!
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has made all the right noises in the press – keeping calm and trying to continue to take the positives from that awful loss. But Pochettino knows that even though he has asked for time to fix his squad, in the cut throat world of modern football, anything less than a win tomorrow will not be tolerated, surely.
Brighton themselves are one off the relegation places and have not won in five games, so perhaps they are the perfect opponents for Spurs to bounce back to. Spurs have shown this season that they have the right stuff to get the goals and the result but inconsistency and a fatal lack of concentration has been their downfall thus far.
Squad-wise, Lo Celso and Sessegnon continue to be unavailable while Aurier is suspended. Despite Walker-Peters being fit, Pochettino talked up Sissoko’s performance at right-back against the Saints and that appears to be Pochettino’s thinking heading into the game. Pochettino also mentioned resting players after the exertions of the last two matches, so changes will be made.
The above photo needs to be pinned on the Spurs dressing room wall to remind the players of the humiliation that they have heaped upon their fans, their manager, their club and themselves.
Yes, it may be argued that the scoreline flattered Bayern somewhat, as the Spurs defensive players allowed Bayern attackers to pick them off time and time again.
The sheer unprofessionalism demonstrated by Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose is disgraceful, especially in the latter stages of the game, where they let Bayern score three more goals.
That these four players are also amongst the group of ‘unsettled’ players that Mauricio Pochettino has alluded to in his press conferences clearly indicates that the club’s failure to address the contract situation during the close season has done a grave disservice to its fans.
These players have put the club and Pochettino in an untenable situation – despite the protestations to the contrary it is clear that their hearts and minds are elsewhere and the faster that they are gotten rid of, the better.
I would rather have academy players – who will fight tooth and nail for the badge – in their places rather this disgraceful bunch.
Considering that for the first 35 minutes, Spurs oozed confidence, creating chances that went a-begging, the manner of their capitulation is alarming. No pride, no courage, nothing – is this how you treat your fans? Disgusting.
Yes, we continue to support our club through thick and thin. But if these players cannot fight for the badge, then they can all fuck off.
Spurs have no time to rest on their laurels, after their hard-fought win over Southampton as they face German giants Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the 2nd game of the Champions League campaign.
While Spurs were disappointed not to register a win in Greece after taking a two-goal lead, at least Spurs are in a slightly better position than they were last season. However, Bayern will prove a proper test of their Champions League credentials.
Spurs and Bayern have already met in pre-season in the Audi Cup which Spurs won on penalties but that will count for nothing of course. Bayern as usual are on top of the Bundesliga, undefeated in six games and with Philipe Coutinho in the side, will pose a significant threat.
As the injured Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain unavailable, Mauricio Pochettino’s options remain the same as before the Southampton game. I would imagine that Pochettino would retain the bulk of the team with key changes to freshen up the lineup for the Bayern challenge. I expect perhaps Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela to come in to do exactly that. Spurs to edge this.
For 10 minutes, it seemed that Spurs were trying their best to undo their good start to this game.
Tanguy Ndombele had given Spurs the lead in the 24th minute after excellent work from Son Heung-Min on the left but incredibly, on the half hour mark, Serge Aurier’s second yellow card in quick succession left Spurs with only 10 men for virtually an hour and then captain Hugo Lloris gifted Danny Ings with an equaliser with an awful howler.
But credit to Spurs, they did not hang their heads in dejection. Harry Kane used his to get the ball to Son who then interchanged passes with Eriksen before the latter found Kane in the penalty box, who then finished with his usual aplomb!
Spurs needed to survive an entire half defending that narrow lead, which they did with much commitment and determination as Lloris somewhat redeemed himself with two world class saves. Southampton could not exploit their numerical advantage and Spurs pocketed three vital points that hopefully will kickstart their season.
Seems hard to believe but there are some Spurs ‘fans’ parroting the media narrative that it’s time to replace manager Mauricio Pochettino as he has “taken the club as far as he can”.
Not only is this disloyal but also non-sensical. 5 months ago, Pochettino led Spurs to an unprecedented Champions League final, and after a couple of poor results, Poch has to go? Ridiculous!
Sure, the euphoria of the Palace thrashing has evaporated with the last 3 away games, and even though that sequence included an embarrassing defeat (on pens) to League Two side Colchester United, there is no reason to panic yet.
Spurs have the players to get things on track again, against Southampton today at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Like Spurs, Southampton have had patchy league form, though the Saints registered an emphatic 4-0 Carabao Cup win over local rivals Portsmouth in mid-week. Saints striker Danny Ings grabbed a brace that night and will certainly be one of the danger men for Southampton.
But in all likelihood, the main focus for Spurs will be to start well with intensity, pace and clinical finishing, like we did against Palace. In that respect, it makes sense them to play a similar system as we did that day.
Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain unavailable for Premier League action and considering the importance of this game, I expect Pochettino not to take any chances with his selection.
Yes but Spurs deserved to lose this tie. But maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. I mean, seriously, what’s the point of this competition? If being knocked out – even in such humiliating circumstances – means less fixtures, then that is a good thing.
A couple of observations.
First, Eriksen and Moura (again) failing miserably with penalties. Senior players who should be able to get the job done. Disappointing, to say the least.
Secondly, fans finally got what they wanted, No Kane and a run-out for wonder boy Parrott. How did that turn out, eh?
In any case, this squad needed a kick in the teeth. Now, it’s all about Southampton on Saturday. Even more than last season, this one appears to be a major transitional season as numerous players have their heads elsewhere and their commitment to Tottenham Hotspur is questionable.
Still early in the season but the rot needs to be dealt with and quickly.