Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been buzzing after watching the Boxing Day thrashing of Bournemouth.
Spurs were up to second in the League, they were above City, they were just six points behind Liverpool, they had just beaten Everton 6-2 and Bournemouth 5-0. Then Wolves.
Somehow Spurs went from title challengers to pretenders again all in the space of one game, as they endured a shock loss at home to Wolves yesterday.
In hindsight, no fan minds too much seeing their team lose as long as they played well and put the effort in, but Wolves was different.
Over the past few years, Spurs have maybe not been cut-throat enough with opposition, unlike Manchester City and Liverpool.
However, the thrashings against the Toffees and Cherries showed a new side to Tottenham, so what went so horribly wrong?
The first half against Wolves was decent, Tottenham played okay and grabbed a goal to go into the break with, but the side that came out for the second 45 was different.
The pace disappeared, there was no urgency, they let Wolves play, they didn’t use the ball well, and most importantly, that seemed lazy and lethargic.
Who knows if this was fatigue, or a mental factor, but whatever it was, winning when the pressure is on always seems to be Tottenham’s downfall.
When she they have gone for the jugular, they sat off and handed the game to their opponents, something you would never see Liverpool do this season, or Man City last.
Perhaps Tottenham need to get a smaller trophy under their belt first, or bed in some trophy winners into the squad.
Or perhaps Spurs are just missing out on a big transfer budget and a smidge of luck. Whatever the case, something has to be tweaked for Poch’s men to lift a trophy.
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