Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s draw against Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur managed only a point away to Crystal Palace this evening, with a Schlupp equaliser cancelling out Harry Kane’s first-half strike.

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

Stick or twist – It seemed as if Tottenham never quite pushed for the second goal against Crystal Palace today, but also didn’t shut up shop either. The Palace goal seemed inevitable for around 15 minutes and perhaps Mourinho could have introduced Ben Davies a bit earlier.

Chance wasted – Spurs would have opened up a three-point gap on Liverpool with a win over Crystal Palace today. Of course, the current Champions are in action this evening against Fulham and will have the chance to overtake Spurs outright.

The return of Dele – Dele Alli was back in the Premier League matchday squad today. The midfielder had only been a part of two matchday squads in the competition up until today, missing the last seven (TransferMarkt). Perhaps it had something to do with Bale being missing, but it was good to see Dele back on the pitch.

The good and bad of Sergio Reguilon – Let’s be clear, I am not having a go at Reguilon. He has been fantastic this season. What I noticed today was that for all his amazing work going forward, there were plenty of mistakes. Spurs almost conceded a couple of times when the left-back was caught wrong-side. Reguilon also made the wrong passing choice in the final third a few times. He plays at a million miles an hour, which is entertaining to watch, but sometimes he needs to calm down and take his time. That is the difference between great and world-class.

Wake up call – This match will likely serve as a wake-up call to those who were starting to believe a title challenge may be on. Spurs are in great form but will need to be consistent and find a bit more creativity against mid-table teams in future.

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