BT Sport pundits point out where Tottenham are going wrong

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham suffered their third successive defeat this season after Inter Milan came from behind to beat them in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Spurs led at the San Siro through Eriksen on 53 minutes, and controlled the game up until the 85th.

Milan, who looked unlikely to find a route back into the tie, were handed a lifeline by Mario Icardi, as he hit a wonder volley from nowhere to bring them level.

A mixture of support from the crowd driving Inter on, and set piece frailties from Spurs yet again, Milan were able to find the winner in the 92nd minute, with a Vecino header.

Heartbreak for Tottenham. Despite improving performance wise on their displays against Liverpool and Watford in the Prem, they slumped to their third 2-1 loss in as many games.

The pressure will be on for Poch and his men to beat Inter Milan at home now, as well as trying to get a resulf off Barcelona either home or away.

It’s an uphill struggle in both the Premier League and the Champions League for Spurs.

Glenn Hoddle believes that it’s Spurs pressing game that has gone missing so far this season: “You’ve seen Harry Kane going to the goalkeeper. We’ve seen that time and time again over two years but he has his cavalry with him. He has somebody coming with him – twos or threes hunting.

“They’re not doing it. They haven’t done it this season. That’s one thing Spurs have not done, they haven’t pressed anywhere near as well, going in packs together.

“They’re going individually and if they’re not, as we know, good players will play through you.”

Jermain Jenas added that Tottenham were getting it wrong in both halves: “At both ends of the pitch they’re getting it wrong, Tottenham. In their own half, they’re giving the ball away too much in dangerous areas and then they’re half-hearting it down the other end.”

Finally, Owen Hargreaves believes that Spurs are creating their own problems: “We saw against Liverpool they kept trying to play out and they caused some issues for themselves. We’ve seen that again. They’re causing themselves so many of their own problems. Balls into midfield have got to be precise, and they’re not.”

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  1. I have nothing against this manager but what I said 4 years ago is coming to fruition in that it will all end in tears because he will try to punch above his weight with the ‘big managers’. Ok , he’s done well to compete with them but has not nor will ever win anything with this team . If the manager has no idea of winning trophies, how can we expect the players to ? When we employed him, we had just finished 6th after a disrupted season, on 69 pts. Whilst our position had slipped, we were still ‘progressing’. We needed to take the next step so it was imperative that the next manager was an experienced ‘winner’, needed to instill that mentality into the players and respected enough to attract top players to the club for that next push. What do we do, employ an inexperienced manager, never won anything, who had just finished 13pts behind us with Saints, BUT did have a ‘project’. This project has seen us gradually take over Arsenal, not in winning trophies, but satisfied with finishing in the top 4. Alarm bells should have rung when, after his first season at Spurs, our pts total dropped by 4 but Southampton finished within 4 pts of us after he had left them. We now have a team with players either unable to make up their own mind on the pitch or are under strict instructions to do as told, hence the stupidity of continually playing suicidal balls out from the back. When all is running smoothly, everything looks hunky dory. But when difficulties arise during a game, touchline information from the manager ceases, as in Juve, Man Utd (cup semi) and more recently Watford, and we look clueless as well as the now regular knackered. Strange team selections, substitutions, formations and now bizarre interviews. I feel a little sorry for him as he has now reached his limitations and has clearly run out of ideas. And he cannot call on any influential or inspiring change of personnel cos we didn’t buy anyone. Yet at the end of last season, we were’ to do our business early as we have identified our targets. We all know what didn’t happen and was given the comment ‘ we don’t buy for the sake of it and we are very happy with the squad we have’. Based on whats being dished up, that last comment would border on a managers dismissal were it in a factory with output falling.
    I bleed blue and white blood.My first match was in April of 1962 v Benfica, I have seen the good, bad and ugly, cup wins, relegation and promotion. We have always been able to tempt quality to the club going all the way back to Mackay, White, Greaves, Chivers, and latterly Ardiles, Ginola, Sherringham, Klinnsman, Van der Vaart but these days we seem only interested in players that the manager can ”develop” when our rivals are pursuing and buying the very players we should be. Keith Burkinshaw bought the player rated the best in the 78 world cup, Ardiles. He also bought 2 proven quality strikers in Archibald and Crooks, but also took a chance with a couple from non league. We spent good money in those days for players that could deliver and they did in 2 FA Cups , UEFA Cup and Lge Cup runners up. Until we revert back to the winning mentality not only in players but also the manager and coaching staff, Im afraid we are going to have to put up with what we’ve got.


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