I don’t have much to say about that awful embarrassment, so I’ll get straight into the five things we learned.
The diamond does not work
Poch seems to keep persisting with this diamond formation, especially in big games. While there is nothing wrong with trying new formations, tactics, and players, this one simply does not work.
They did not have the legs
I don’t know whether it was the formation or the lack of rotation in the starting XI, but those Spurs players looked knackered. They dominated the first 20 minutes and looked extremely impressive to say the least, but a number of them seemed to run out of puff even before the break. Winks, Sissoko, and Ndombele seemed to have far too much ground to cover for just three players.
Aurier needs to be released
Get this player out of the club. It is beyond me how some people think he is better than Trippier or good enough to start for Spurs. He was an absolute joke yet again last night and is a liability in so many ways against any decent side. Right-back is a position that needs a big investment in January.
Poch under pressure
Pochettino will undoubtedly be under a lot of pressure after that humiliating defeat, but I still think Levy has to stick with his man. However, he has to back him in the window to rebuild this squad. Spurs won’t make money off of their ageing players now, which means huge amounts of cash must be made available if Pochettino is to have any chance of turning this around.
Not the end of the world
While the players and manager need to stand up and be held to account on this, it is not the end of the world. The fans have to stay behind the team. Red Star beat Olympiacos last night too, so the group is still wide open and Tottenham have a point more than they did at this stage last season.
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