Five things we learned from Spurs’ dismal display against Bournemouth

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur needed a win today against Bournemouth to secure a top-four place for another season, ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

However, after Heung-mon Son and Juan Foyth both saw red, a nine-man Tottenham struggled to hold on to a point, and eventually succumbed to an injury-time Nathan Ake header from a corner.

Spurs have now two huge games left to play starting with Wednesday night in the Champions League semi final second leg against Ajax, followed by the final Premier League game of the season at home to Everton.

Here are five things we learned from the match:

Top four in jeopardy

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Failing to win today puts Tottenham's top four hopes in jeopardy, as they give Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man United the chance to gain ground this weekend. Chelsea take on Watford tomorrow afternoon, with the chance to go above Spurs into third. Arsenal can close the gap to just one point if they beat Brighton at home, and Man United can go two points behind Tottenham if they beat Huddersfield away. It could become all or nothing for Spurs against Everton.

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  1. Seems that at slightest excuse referee will gladly hand out red card to Spurs but very difficult for for Spurs opponents to be red carded. Especially against big five. Similarly with penalties .

  2. You have to take your hat off to Pochetino; Bournmouth with 10 men against Tottenham’s 9 men could not break down the 4x3x1 formation’ could not cut through the back line, that is until Bournmouth decided to go hell for leather and attack attack with a high press in the last 4 minutes and scored in the last few seconds of Injury time.
    Now Tottenham will not have Heung Min Son against Everton game(red card) and Everton are on a run, which means if Arsenal (Unai Emery tends to shoot himself in the foot nearly every game and lose by Not playing his Best elven in the starting line up, ex.vs. C. Palace at the Emirates) Chelsea and Man Utd win their games, then Tottenham will Not be playing Champions League next season.
    Arsenal, yet again and for the 3rd time been gifted a chance to secure Champions league for next season provided Arsenal win the two remaining games against Brighton at Home and Burnley away, as Chelsea has to play Watford at home and Leicester away! and wining only one game will be disastrous as Man Utd are likely to win against Huddersfield away and Cardiff at home. The final count could be; Man City 98; Liverpool 97; Arsenal 72; Chelsea 71; Man Utd 71; Tottenham 70.
    If Unai Emery has the Bottle to Play his best line up and stick to a 3x4x1x2 (diamond with two wing backs) and play both Lacazette and Aubameyang upfront with Ozil behind them and with a “High Press” attack attack with good service from from “wide flanks” and as long as Socrates & Koscielny are always mindful to get back to defend balls over the back line; Arsenal will end be in top 4.


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