Tottenham have gone from fighting on four fronts, to just the Premier and Champions League in the space of a few days this week.
First knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea in mid-week, before tumbling out of the FA Cup tonight against Crystal Palace.
Spurs are now left with no realistic trophy chances this season yet again, as the wait for silverware continues.
Here are five things we learned:
Pochettino chose to play a severely weakened starting XI today, presumably to rest players for upcoming Premier League matches. Eriksen wasn’t even named on the bench, and in the absence of Kane, Alli, and Son, Tottenham needed him more than ever today. It seemed as if Poch had given up on the competition before a ball was kicked.
On a pitch of bad performances this evening, Juan Foyth actually shone out as Tottenham’s star player. The Argentine was solid at the back for the full 90 minutes, and grew into the game in a back four rather than a back three. He even added to the offensive capabilities, winning his side a penalty late in the first half, although this was missed by Trippier.
It looks as if it will be yet another trophy-less season for Tottenham this year, as they fall short in both domestic cups in the space of a few days. Third in the Premier League, up against the German league leaders in the Champions League, and both without Kane and Alli. It doesn’t look good for the Tottenham trophy cabinet.
This evening seemed to highlight a lot of the deadwood in Tottenham’s squad at the minute. The likes of Llorente and Nkoudou showed why they aren’t usual starters under Pochettino. Walker-Peters needs some more experience, perhaps under a loan move. Trippier needs his confidence back. Lamela needs to use his right foot. So on, so on.
Young Kazaiah Sterling came on for the final ten minutes this evening, and while he had little impact on the game, or opportunity to make an impact, it could hopefully be the start of something more. If Tottenham are going to struggle for goals either way, why not blood an academy star and see what he can do in the Prem?
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