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Inter Milan 2 Spurs 1

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With 85 minutes to go, Spurs were cruising to a memorable win at the San Siro Stadium in their first game of the Champions League campaign. 

Christian Eriksen had given Spurs a precious lead early in the 2nd half – deservedly, over the balance of play up to then – even if there was an element of good fortune in the finish. 

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After that goal, Spurs looked likely to extend their lead and bring home the points but then disaster struck. 

With Serge Aurier nowhere to be seen, left back Kwadwo Asamoah’s cross pulled back to the edge of the box where the unmarked Mauro Icardi scored with his first shot of the game. Jan Vertonghen failed to get his body in the way and the ball flew past Michel Vorm into the bottom corner. 

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From then on, confidence palpably drained from the Spurs players and rather inevitably, from a corner, Matias Vecino – from a free header – won the game for Inter in the 2nd minute of injury time. Again, sloppy defending at a set piece had cost Spurs dear. 

Even though the media will focus on the absence of Kieron Trippier and Toby Alderweireld or the match fitness of Harry Kane – who missed a glorious chance in the 1st half – and taunt Spurs for “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” and all that nonsense, there were positives. 

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Despite a poor tentative first half, Spurs dominated for long periods of the second half and certainly looked good for the three points. In fact, it looked odds on that despite playing badly, Spurs were going to win and to win ugly. However, once again, they paid the price for two glaring weaknesses. 

One, the lack of a clinical finish to the chances they created and two, an awful inability to defend set pieces. 

Now, I do not believe that the omissions were crucial, Trippier or Alderweireld would not have done any better than Aurier or Sanchez but there are certainly question marks over the usually dependable Vertonghen who has not been able to recapture the form that made him the player of last season. 

Overall, Spurs were better than Inter but lost the match due to defensive lapses and a failure to manage the match when time was running out for Inter. 

After winning the first three games of the season, Spurs have gone on to lose the last three. One imagines the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino would be immense at the moment but he did predict that this would be his toughest season and I believe that he will fix the weaknesses highlighted above sooner than later. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!

Match Preview : Inter Milan (Away)

Is this the best time for Spurs to begin its Champions League campaign? Or the worst? 

After two straight Premier League defeats, Spurs take on recovering Italian giants Inter Milan at the famous San Siro stadium knowing that another defeat will signal a mini-crisis of sorts. 

Inter themselves are not in the best of form – winning only one of their opening 4 games – and so this is definitely a match neither side would want to lose. 

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has already made a decision to rest Kieron Trippier and Toby Alderweireld for this tie, and with Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko all injured, the lineup might look like this. 

Vorm, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Moura, Kane. 

Prediction : Score draw. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!! 

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Spurs 1 Liverpool 2

Painful to watch. Sloppy Spurs made Liverpool look like Barcelona! 

Just 3 weeks ago, the Spurs players were talking themselves up as title contenders after beating Man Utd 3-0 at Old Trafford. Well, that kind of thinking has cost us two games in a row. 

Spurs were lackadaisical and ponderous while Liverpool were sharp and decisive. Spurs never really troubled the Liverpool goal despite Erik Lamela’s late goal and the penalty claim after Sadio Mane tripped Son Heung-Min in the box. 

Every single Spurs player should hang their head in shame. They were never in the game. Sloppy passing, slow build-up play and suicidal defending were the order of the day. Spurs fans deserve much better than this. 

Considering Spurs’ typically poor form at the beginning of most seasons under Pochettino, it looks like we have reverted to type after winning the first 3 games. 

I trust Pochettino to get things right sooner than later but such a tepid performance does not inspire any confidence for the season ahead. 

Sigh. 

Match Preview : Spurs vs Liverpool

Originally meant to be the first Premier League game ever at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the delays to the completion of the same have forced Spurs to return to Wembley to entertain top of the table Liverpool. 

Last season, Spurs romped to a 4-1 win, and Liverpool will surely be motivated to seek revenge for that thrashing. Liverpool are in top form, with a perfect record to the season so far, with Spurs suffering their first defeat at Watford last time out. 

Captain Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli are both out with injuries with Son Heung-Min only having returned to Spurs, after a gruelling few weeks helping South Korea to win the gold medal for football at the recent Asian Games. 

With this information, this is my predicted lineup for Saturday, with a draw the most probable result. 

Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Moura, Kane. Expect the likes of Son, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks to make an appearance from the bench.

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!