Important games have already been played but somehow it still feels that this season has yet to get underway.
As usual the international breaks, there’s one coming up in a couple of weeks, lend a staccato feeling to affairs and when combined with the injuries, the dodgy form, the selection eccentricities, Poch’s press conferences and the media speculation about the manager’s future, the whole thing feels like a porridgy fog thus far.
What will lift that fog is a return to action of some of the injured, Lo Celso, KWP, Sessegnon (where is he?), even Foyth, a return to form for Davies, Rose, Vertonghen, Dele and Eriksen, and a run of wins, preferably beginning with tonight’s game against Bayern.
In all honesty, our recent defensive travails mean that this is unlikely if we try and play our normal possession-based game. The diamond shape we’ve been playing involving Winks, Ndombele and Sissoko just doesn’t seem to give the back central two enough protection.
Compared to the Spurs of two-three seasons ago we’re like a sieve. A return to the holding midfielder and a more cautious attitude is the way to go I would suggest. Dier behind Winks and Ndombele. Son, Kane and Lamela in front of them with Dele, Eriksen and Moura on the bench.
At this point it’s only fair to point out that I know very little, very very little, compared to those actually in charge of stuff of course.
Despite continuing their run of domestic success last season with their seventh consecutive title, it’s fair to say I think that Bayern have been struggling to locate their mojo during the last few years. Guardiola was unable to bring European success and since he left in 2016 to follow the money, none of Ancelotti, Heynckes or current boss Kovac have managed to give them the formidable air of confidence they previously carried.
We saw with our very own eyes how average Dortmund were last season but they pushed Bayern to the last day of the campaign. This year RB Leipzig are currently threatening most to create a title race, though they lost at the weekend meaning that Bayern are top for the first time this season after winning 3-2 at bottom place Paderborn.
After our draw in Greece Bayern top the group due to their 3-0 victory over Red Star. Their last two goals came in the last ten minutes suggesting that the win wasn’t as straight forward as the scoreline suggests.
In summary, it’s another big night at the new White Hart Lane. We have enough about us to defeat Bayern, we should though be careful in our approach. With home games against the two other sides in the group to come, we can afford not to win and still qualify. A loss though would put us under pressure before we visit Belgrade.
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