Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s loss to Vitesse Arnhem

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Tottenham Hotspur fell to a woeful 1-0 defeat in the Netherlands this evening as Vitesse Arnhem ran them off the pitch in the Europa Conference League.

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

Not good enough – One simple fact remains true, the Spurs second string side is not good enough. I do not blame Nuno at all for this evening. He named a team that should have been good enough to get the job done. The experienced players on the pitch were shocking and are only cementing their position further and further away from the first-team.

Off the top spot – Tottenham have now been knocked off the top spot in Group G as Rennes defeated Mura this evening. Spurs may now need to go on a run of three wins from three to top the group, which is very important in the Conference League.

Squad rotation – It’s important to note that these are players who rarely play together, they are lacking match fitness and match sharpness. This is why European ties in the Conference and Europa League are often very messy. However, Nuno placed his trust in them to at least put in some effort and knock on the door of the first team. Many let him down.

Lo Celso and Tanganga – I would say the only two outfield players who really made a case for a spot in the starting XI against West Ham at the weekend were Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso. The Argentine was Tottenham’s only consistent creative spark and Tanganga was by far the best defender with his no-nonsense and aggressive style.

No rest for Kane and Son – If we learned one thing from tonight, it’s that Kane and Son won’t be given a rest again. The unfortunate truth is that Tottenham need them to bail them out of trouble off the bench in fixtures like these. The fringe squad is not good enough to get the job done, they have shown that on a consistent basis.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hahahahshaha I told you I told you. Lets flog kane and son to bits that will go well in the league. Then when they don’t perform in the league lets slate them. What a plonker you are. Lay the blame where it belongs at the feet of levy and Lewis. No back up striker for years. One stupid mickey mouse cup since enic took over. The second highest season ticket prices in the league if not europe. Levy and Lewis well levy has a net worth of 1 billion and Lewis he is doing ok.

  2. We simply don’t have the top quality resources at the moment to spread ourselves so thinly over the Premier League and these sort of competitions. I honestly believe we have a squad capable of challenging for a top four spot and CL qualification this season. We need to get through a chaotic December schedule without major injuries and then drop a few dead donkeys (Alli, Winks, Sanchez etc) in the January window and add a couple of much needed talented players.
    We simply cannot risk Kane,Son,Hojbjerg,Moura,Ndombele in these energy sapping matches where one badly timed tackle could have a devastating effect on our league performances.
    I’d continue playing the youngsters for the next two fixtures in the ECL (November) and accept whatever the dice rolls. West Ham. Man Utd, Leeds, Everton and Burnley are all winnable games if we can draw on our full resources and that would take us nicely into a very demanding Christmas period.
    We need to be realistic and totally honest with ourselves if we are to gain any positives from this season. Focus on a top four spot and if we miss out then the Europa League beckons.

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