Another trashing from the possibly the strongest side this season. But it was all to blame on us. We put fairly a very weak and safe side and Tim clearly went for a draw last night. With most of our first team players returning from injury, we could’ve and should’ve taken the risk in playing atleast one or two of them as it would impact alot. We started off giving them too much room, let them gain possession and come at us and whenever we had the ball, we were too sloppy to gain anything from it. Did we deserve something? NO! Because tactically we were far off from City and only a handful of players performed well.
Firstly, Tim needs to lose his pride and think about the team. Bentaleb is a really good player, but we have better and more experienced players in our squad. What still bothers me is that Eriksen wasn’t having a great game but his set pieces were creating chances all the time. Yet, he subbed him out and brought in Holtby and it should’ve been the other way around.
Another thing, yesterday was possibly the first time Tim played in a tactical approach and he failed at it. I think we should’ve put more pressure on them and if we did, it could’ve resulted with them making mistakes.
To sum it up, too much room, too much space and too easy on them which resulted in too many goals.
That being said, I just want to ask a simple, yet complicated question. Are we ready? Are we honestly ready to be a Top 4 team? Are we Champions League quality?
The answer is clearly no. Well at least for now. We have conceded 21 goals against teams who are competing for the top 4 positions and scored only six! Even removing the trashing we received from Manchester City, its 10 to 5, which for me is quite terrible. We conceded five against Liverpool, who are fighting for the same spot as us!
As of now, we don’t have the winning mentality of a top four side. All our managers have either little or no knowledge about being in the Champions League regularly. That’s not good enough because we will never be consistent. We need a long term manager, well experienced in this and who is willing to play our style. Louis Van Gaal is the perfect fit for this and if Levy let’s go of this opportunity, it’s a guaranteed regret. Tim is good, not good enough.
Also, comparing the City side from when they invested the gazillions into their team. They made sure their main players stayed although it took them almost 2-3 years to start staying at the top four position. We need to do that too! We can’t let go of key players like Lloris and Jan, who for me are two of our best buys over the last few years. Even the other players, who may not be regular starters but we have a great squad of 20 players. Losing anyone of them right now could be decisive.
The only positions we need to concentrate on now is a striker. A top class striker will make the difference for us because we lack the killer factor which all the other top teams have at the moment. We should be spending on quality this time over quantity!
I do believe we need the change by the end of the season, even if we manage to gain a top four position because I don’t want this happening every year to a side which is capable yet underachieving!
Let’s hope for the best. To dare is to do! COME ON YOU SPURS!
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