Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Wolves

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Tottenham Hotspur recorded their second win of the season against Wolves this evening, with Nuno getting one over on his former side in the Carabao Cup this time around.

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

Spurs are through to the fourth round – Tottenham are now through to the next round of the Carabao Cup, with the draw set to take place shortly. Nuno will be hoping to go one step further than the club did last year when they finished as runners-up.

The good and bad of Tanguy Ndombele – The Frenchman absolutely ran the show in the first half this evening. Apart from his one brief lapse when he defended lazily from a corner, which Wolves then scored from, he was incredible. He was ordering his teammates around, demanding the ball, making things happen, tackling, tracking, pressing and, most importantly, scoring! However, we also saw the shortcomings in his game as his lazy defending cost Spurs a goal from a corner and he also gave the ball away in a dangerous area for Wolves’ second.

Creativity – I reckon Spurs created more in that game than they have in every other match this season combined! We finally saw an aggressive, high-intensity press for an elongated period of time, taking the game to Wolves and not letting them breathe. Spurs have the players to do this, hopefully, it’s just a case of getting fitness up to make it last 90 minutes because it dropped off at a similar time to the Chelsea game.

Penalty takers – It appears that Spurs have a couple more penalty takers in their ranks now. Of course, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son all have somewhat regular experience, but Bryan Gil and Sergio Reguilon also dispatched well tonight. The latter was actually subbed on especially to take one.

Dealing with setbacks – It feels to me as though Spurs struggle to deal with setbacks a little at the moment. They were bossing the game and it should have been out of sight when a rogue Wolves goal knocked them for six and they never really recovered from that. Nuno and the team on the pitch need to be better at adapting to tactical changes and goals, in my opinion.

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