Llorente came on the provide a target man. I thought Janssen, who followed him, looked better. He is one of those Pochettino put outside the circle of wagons but it doesn’t look particularly a footballing matter: he seems strong, mobile, eager to break the static line to seek the ball. He was also unlucky with a late header. Wanyama came on and made only one mistake.
A lot of our precious china toppled over and smashed there: the new ground hundred per cent records of wins and shut-outs for a start.
How did that happen? Well, the smell of hot dry metal on metal burned throughout as Spurs never meshed the gears. A passionate stadium can become a burden as confidence seeps from players who can’t seem to find locate the right decisions in the right moments.
Pochettino had spoken of his fear of over-confidence but that wasn’t it and nor quite was complacency except in as much as everyone thought Eriksen would score again in the dying of the game.
We miss Kane in all sorts of obvious ways but today it was clear we missed his movement. He doesn’t just wait for the ball, he breaks the lines, he comes for it, turns and is suddenly the extra man running at a defence.
We wanted a win today to free the team up for the performance of their lives on Tuesday. Perhaps a shake up could have an opposite but equally beneficial effect.
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