Lloris – 4
Mauricio Pochettino’s frustration erupted after the Burnley game. Disregarding the second half against Dortmund, it must have been building for at least a month and this game was merely confirmation: we’re scrapping to stay in Champions’ League contention. Did the selfsame manager say it’ll take ten years to win anything? How long before we have a shot on target?
It’s not the results – we’ve got away with that on occasions. It’s the performances. Not a shot on target here, and barely a threat of any kind, collectively or individually. Little confidence to retain possession in the opposition half and barely any imagination to create openings, let alone take them.
It’s a depressing place to find ourselves. Again, we were up against resolute defending and little ambition. We then gifted two goals and succumbed weakly. The derby game offers a different circumstance to rescue the team’s focus and the game in Europe might, please God, lift spirits.
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