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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