Opinion: Five things we learned from the frustrating 0-0 draw against Watford

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur continued their winless run in the Premier League today, with Jose Mourinho’s men still without a win in the competition in 2020.

The Lilywhites will likely slip even further away from their top-four rivals now this week, as the Special One continues to attempt to rebuild in North London.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the draw today:

A matter of millimetres:

Spurs were just millimetres away from getting an injury-time winner as Lamela poked the ball towards the goal from the deck, only for a Watford defender to clear it off the line. The Goal Line Decision System then showed just how close it was, with only the thinnest of slices of the ball still on the line.

Paulo Gazzaniga the hero:

At the back today, Paulo Gazzaniga was the hero for his side as he saved a second-half penalty to at least earn Spurs a point from their travels. Unfortunately, the forwards down the other end of the pitch could not take advantage of the clean sheet.

Waste of Moura:

In tight games such as these, Lucas Moura can often carve holes with some of his jinking runs, yet he was wasted as a striker in the absence of Kane. Moura should never be used with his back to goal for the majority of the match when he is so talented at committing players on the attack.

No striker, no goals:

Spurs need a striker. Simple as that. At the moment, it just seems like a crowd of midfielders all taking potshots, not knowing who to feed it to, and not knowing whether to pass or shoot. There is no focal point. There should have been a second-choice striker ready to come in before Kane got injured, yet Spurs still don’t have one weeks after.

First glimpse of Gedson:

We got to see a little run out from Fernandes today and he looked very comfortable on the ball, even having some nice moments in and around the Watford penalty area. Let’s hope he can hit the ground running in the Premier League.

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  1. What I learned was that Michael Oliver is incompetent and VAR is a waste of space, and all within the first 90 seconds of the game no less.

    I also learned that 200+ sponsored ads on one page is WAY too many.


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