How Tottenham’s lack of finishing has ended their title hopes

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fell to their sixth Premier League defeat of this season today, losing 1-0 to a rejuvenated Manchester United at Wembley.

Spurs went behind in the first half after a careless sideway pass from Kieran Trippier pass gave Paul Pogba the chance to beautifully lift a through ball to Marcus Rashford.

The young striker made no mistake, and his finish into the bottom corner would turn out to be the difference come the final whistle.

Tottenham were far from awful in this match though, not by a long shot, as the home side created chance after chance without result.

The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, and even Fernando Llorente late on all saw key chances miss the back of the net.

Kane and Alli both missed tight one on ones with David De Gea, with Alderweireld turning a near post corner against the woodwork.

Eriksen and Kane both went close with free kicks, with the latter also missing a couple of headed chances.

Finally, Fernando Llorente found the ball fall to his feet late on in the game, but couldn’t get enough power behind his toe poke.

Chance after chance squandered by Tottenham, and this lack of clinical finishing in the big games seems to be a running trend.

Tottenham have already lost to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Man City for similar reasons this season.

If they are to mount a title challenge in the foreseeable future, they must learn to capitalise on the periods in which they are on top.

One man who won’t be helping to put the ball in the back of the net is Vincent Janssen, after Mauricio Pochettino ended any hopes of his future at Spurs.

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  1. We didn’t have enough quality on the bench for someone to come on and change things, just shows how light we are. Levy needs to sign a couple of real quality players or the same thing is going to happen, we’ll have a little blip and lose to Chelsea in the semi, get knocked out of the Champions League maybe make another round or two in the FA cup and the title is all but done already. We need some quality signings Levy if you want the new stadium to have a full house each home game, if not it’ll end up like the library.


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