We certainly learned a lot from the most recent North London Derby, unfortunately, Tottenham found themselves on the wrong side of a tough defeat a the hands of Arsenal
Spurs went behind after an Aubameyang pen early on, but two goals in as many minutes sent them into half time at 2-1.
That’s when things went wrong for Tottenham, as their legs tired and Arsenal ended up running away with a 4-2 win.
Here are five things we learned from the North London Derby.
Tottenham were tired
Tottenham Hotspur were leggy to say the least in the second half of the NLD. As soon as Emery subbed on Lacazette and Ramsey, the Tottenham players were dragged around all over the place and simply couldn’t keep up with the pace.
Spurs had already played two high-intensity games this week, winning 3-0 against Chelsea and 1-0 against Inter Milan.
Asking the same team to go and win comfortably was a big ask, but at 2-1 up fans will be gutted not to come away with anything.
Poch left it too long
Emery saw his team struggling at half time and made two keys subs that flipped the tie on its head.
Lacazette and Ramsey came on to completely boss the match, and perhaps without them Arsenal would not have won the game.
Unfortunately, Pochettino didn’t seize the same initiative, with Arsenal making three subs and retaking the lead before he finally made a change.
Spurs looked tired, and the midfield needed some fresh legs, but they came all too late.
We had it in us to win
It was probably a big ask for Tottenham to come in and win this game comfortably, but they almost got something out the NLD today.
At half time Poch’s side were 2-1 up and the game was looking pretty even.
I believe that if they subs were made between 45 and 60 minutes, Spurs would have had a great chance to see the game out for at least a draw.
Pretty dire defensively today, but there were positives to take going forward.
Top four will be a fight
Perhaps last week’s win against Chelsea have the false impression that Spurs were now nailed on for the top four, but the race is far from over.
It will likely be a fight to the death between Arsenal, Spurs, and Chelsea, something Tottenham will be desperate to win to get Champions League in their new stadium next year.
This is only a knock back for Spurs though, and they need to come back strong and continue their good form into the Christmas period.
Jan wasn’t ready
Asking Jan to play 90 minutes midweek was one thing, but putting him into the high-intensity of a North London derby was too much.
Not only this but he was also asked to play alongside a young and inexperienced Juan Foyth, someone he would usually have to take under his wing.
Strange choice for Poch not to pick Alderweireld today.
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