Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s awful defeat against Man City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were defeated by Manchester City this evening as Pep Guardiola’s side ran away to a rather simple 3-0 victory.

We wanted to take a look at five things we learned from the game:

Central defenders – It seems as though we highlight it every single week but the central defenders were way off the pace yet again today. Jose Mourinho needs to pick a partnership and just stick with it for the rest of the season. My preference would be Joe Rodon and Toby Alderweireld or Japhet Tanganga.

Tanganga at right-back – Talking of Japhet, I thought he was actually a bright Spark at times for Spurs. He was rarely beaten one-on-one, had the pace to recover when needed and even bombed forward a fair bit to offer overlaps. I don’t think he is a right-back long-term but I liked what I saw.

Ben Davies pace – To be a modern-day full-back, you have to be able to rely on some form of pace, or a hell of a lot of defensive talent. Davies was skinned by Sterling, Foden and countless others today. He simply could not cope. Perhaps Reguilon and Sessegnon would be good options next season?

Hojbjerg problem – The Spurs holding mid has now given away two penalties in his past two games, highlighting a key question, is he playing too much football. Every minute in the Premier League so far, plus action in three other competitions. Unfortunately, Spurs have a distinct lack of a replacement, apart from Oliver Skipp, and we may now be seeing a drop in form as a result.

Bright Bale – A rather strange silver lining from the game. I think that was actually the brightest I have seen Gareth Bale against a decent side since he returned. He actually seemed to be sprinting, taking people on and putting in some real effort. I would like to see him in a central role just behind the striker as his footwork seems to be his best attribute now that the pace has gone.

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  1. The second we bought Ben Davies, I wasn’t happy as he was so slow at Swansea. He would not get into the starting line up of any top 8 side. He has been a good squad player and servant, but enough is enough. He was fine as 2nd choice behind Rose. Same behind Reguillon. When he plays against the top players and teams he is found out so badly. Of course he offers little going forward too. Even Trippier, he would never take a man on and I hated that. Reguillon could easily be bought back by Real Madrid. Doherty has been a disaster and we sold homegrown Walker Peters. Crazy. He has done well. We fielded a team without an Englishman vs Brighton. Jose isn’t good with young players. We are worse than that last 9 months with Pochettino right now. Levy, what have you done? We have no playing style and not getting results either. Concentrate on the finances and get a director or football in ffs.


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