Bereft! I am not sure how many people watch the TV show; The Blacklist, but in the words of Raymond Reddington when talking to Kate Kaplan in the series 3 climax, I am bereft.
I, along with thousands of other Spurs fans, feel deprived of any explanation as to the events at Anfield on Saturday evening. It has never been a great place for us to go, I am well aware of that, but the way we went down left a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. In a previous article I wrote that we needed to come out strong from the first whistle, play with aggression and utilise Eriksen as much as possible to unpick a leaky Liverpool back line. This script was sadly never meant to be. Many of the online Betting Sites had Tottenham to win with very good odds, but our performance was not good enough.
It still makes me angry now. Angry that I feel compelled to write this. Angry that us fans seemed to know what we needed to do or at least try to implement at Anfield, yet the players and Poch did not. Angry that yet again, when all eyes were on us and we had a moment to shine, we failed. Again.
Why did we play such a high line, thus allowing Liverpool space to play into. Why was Dier terrible? Why did Wanyama have his arguably worst game in a Spurs shirt. Why did Poch bring on Jannsen at 82 minutes and not 70. Why can’t we get a bloody result away from home!
Unfortunately, I do not have the answers to any of the above. However, I truly hope that during this week and before our match against KAA Gent in Belgium on Thursday night, that these questions are addressed, analysed and taken seriously.
This is a big week for us. Take nothing for granted. Two away games at teams that will be desperate to get a result against us. We have 2 real shots at silverware in the FA Cup and the Europa League. I hope we field strong teams in both and take them both seriously. I almost fear us becoming victims of our own recent success. What Pochettino is doing is AMAZING and I take nothing away from that. I love Spurs to the core but we have to get results when we really need them otherwise we will become the nearly boys and never throw away the ‘Spursy’ tag!
Onwards we go. It’s not all doom and gloom. We sit 2nd in the Premier League. The other teams are closing in though and we really need a massive push and maximum points from a fairly attractive looking run of fixtures.
I hope that this time next week I can be a little more optimistic and reflect fondly on a couple of good cup wins!