Opinion: Why the players are to blame for recent performances – not Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham Hotspur players received huge credit for their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and rightly so. However, they must be prepared to take the blame for last night.

Against Palace, Pochettino put out a strong team from the start, and the eleven players out on the pitch demolished the Eagles before the half-time whistle was even blown.

In comparison, against Olympiacos in Greece, Poch also named a strong starting eleven, yet they failed to recreate the same intensity or quality.

Yes, Poch did name a few players coming back from injury, but I did not feel as if the effort levels were there from the lads.

I don’t mind watching a poor performance, it happens to everyone, but I hate watching a game in which I can’t help but think the lads could give more.

Realistically, Pochettino won’t change anything regarding the line up until at least the 60-minute mark, but by that point in Greece, Olympiacos were already back level.

The Spurs players gave the Argentine very little to work with in terms of tactics, as his subs were aimed towards chasing a winner rather than shutting up shop as they should have done.

Those eleven players should have a long and hard think this week about how they can improve, with Bayern Munich on the horizon.

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  1. How can Pochettino possibly be to blame for playing the hopeless Sanchez at right-back, the useless Alli in midfield, and for taking-off Moura instead of any number of other under-performers? Anyone would think he was supposed to be the manager FFS?


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