Tottenham rolled back the clock a couple of years with their display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The performance was reminiscent of some of the best football Spurs played under Mauricio Pochettino back in the 15/16 and 16/17 season.
The Argentine has opted to be a little bit more conservative tactically over the last couple of seasons, with the Lilywhites often opting not to press high up the pitch, especially in big games.
However, Spurs came charging out of the blocks right from kick off on Saturday and surprised Palace with the intensity of their pressing.
The visitors couldn’t handle the wave after wave of attacks from Spurs in the first half and conceded four goals without reply.
Surprisingly though, Harry Kane wasn’t among the players to get on the scoresheet and former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has insisted that the England captian will be devastated about not getting a goal despite the fact that his team ran out comfortable winners.
During Match of the Day on BBC One (14/09/2019 at 11:55 pm), Gary Lineker asked Shearer, “Tottenham win 4-0, Kane didn’t score, how would you feel if you’re Kane tonight?”, to which Shearer responded, “You would be pleased your team won but you’d be devastated that you haven’t scored”.
Lineker then added, “Spot on. Respect your honesty.”
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Top strikers always want to get on the score sheet and without that little bit of selfishness, they wouldn’t have had the hunger to become the players they have. So it is natural that Kane would be a bit disappointed. However, what separates Kane from the likes of Shearer and Lineker is that he is more than just a goal poacher and is always dropping deep to help find runners beyond. So even if he doesn’t get on the score sheet, he rarely has a bad game.
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