Opinion: What on Earth was that? – Spurs knocked out by League 2 Colchester

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are out of the League Cup after their first match, losing 4-3 to Colchester on penalties after another dismal performance away from home.

Pochettino mixed up the team and gave starts to the likes of Parrott, Tanganga, Walker-Peters, and Skipp, but youth could not get the job done.

The likes of Eriksen, Alli, Son, Moura, Wanyama, Dier, and co also had little impact on the match as they failed to break down a stubborn Colchester defence.

This is one of the most frustrating displays I have seen in a long time, as Spurs tried the same old things over and over again.

Pointless sideways passing, floating harmless balls into the box, and giving the ball away on the halfway line time and time again.

Not one Tottenham player stood out as a decent performer, yet alone a good one. There was no heart, no desire, no killer instinct.

Compare this to the Colchester players who were putting their hearts and bodies on the line for 90 minutes.

They also showed far more quality in the shootout itself, with Eriksen and Moura both failing to find the back of the net.

If the pressure was on Spurs and Pochettino before this match, it is sure to be crushing them now.

The worst thing is that the team don’t look to be getting any better. They don’t look as if they are trying. They don’t look like a team at all.

Big changes are needed.

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  1. That was one of the poorest one sided games I’ve ever watched Spurs play. It was all played at walking pace, no urgency, no desire, no effort and no quality. Walker Peters, Dier, Wanyama, Davies, Skipp, Alli, Eriksen, Moura and even Parrott who I’ve heard so much about are simply not good enough. That was a total waste of time, the fans that actually made the effort to go and watch that shambles, should be reimbursed, and it should be the players that pay them. I hope Levy is going to open his cheque book wide in January, cause we need a lot of changes. I don’t want to see Wanyama and Dier in a Spurs shirt again after that.

  2. Utterly lifeless display against a fourth tier side who are bang average. Poch has lost it along with most of the squad. He has run out of platitudes and looks genuinely in a massive hole. This team is getting poorer by the game. I think the supporters should be reimbursed. End of a tropheeless era. What an anti-climax.

  3. The players are not suddenly bad players but the spurs of 2016/17 was built on a system. Constant pressing, fitness beyond any other team, Dele Alli playing behind Kane not floating to the left or right, Wanyama or Dier only shielding defence, fast high quality wing backs constantly running at the opposition or crossing in to the box. So teams could park the bus but if they stayed too long that way they’d just get beaten by width. Danny got old, Kyle got sold and Poch bought in to the rotating play of Liverpool and City but without the speed of Mane / Salah / Firmino, the trickery of Silva and Sterling or the brilliance of de Bruyne. Poch needs to stop playing the best players and get back to playing a set system and get back to the challenge of being the hardest working fittest team in the league – that said there is hope with Sessegnon and the chance that Lo Celso is a genuine lock picker. Fancied Fernandes for the role more but he stayed where he was.

  4. What a bloody shambles last night , sick to death of Spurs having most of the possession and still could not score ,, If Poch cannot motivate them ,he should leave the club. Cannot see us winning any trophies while he is Manager and on his gravestone the word ” DISAPOINTED” should be etched, it;s his favourite word…..still fuming going out to Colchester Utd


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