An evening that started well and ended breaking records, all of them on the bleak side.
A lesson in clinical finishing and game management that looked totally unlikely during an opening half an hour that could have seen us three or four up. Ah well. Just shows how bad Southampton are. And us.
Our most impressive performances have come during the last couple of seasons via playing cagely and on the break. Tonight, our tactics, given our abysmal defensive record of late and the lack of a need to win, should have reflected that. But no. Much as I (as every one should) love Poch, the weaknesses in our system and players don’t support a gung-ho attitude against good sides.
It was last year’s side plus an unfit (apparently) Ndombele and minus Trippier and Llorente, and after half time it wasn’t very good.
If you’re going to lose games that are the equivalent of a kick up the arse then getting knocked out of the League Cup and then losing to the best team in your Champions League group isn’t a bad way to do it. This scale of this result will though turn the key to unlock a box of unpleasantness that will make the next few days at least, pretty grim for everyone.
There are problems to be addressed, many of them not new.
C’mon Poch. C’mon Spurs.
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