Opinion: Pochettino is part of the problem for poor Spurs form

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While the players out on the pitch must take responsibility for the performance they put in today, Pochettino also made some huge errors in judgement.

I believe that Spurs would have created far more chances if Christian Eriksen was on the pitch from the start against Newcastle.

The Great Dane made a difference when entering the game again this week, but why was he not part of the first XI?

Spurs barely registered a shot on goal all match and the wingers on the pitch had no space to run in behind.

It always looked as if it would take a pin-point cross or a special pass to unlock a stubborn Newcastle defence, but Eriksen was only given half an hour to turn the game on its head.

Not only do I believe that he should have started, but also Jan Vertonghen. In my opinion, Spurs would not have conceded that Newcastle goal if Jan was on the pitch over Sanchez. The young centre-back got sucked in when Vertonghen would not have and the Belgian so very rarely puts a foot wrong.

A weakened Pochettino XI and subs that were too little too late from the Argentine cost Spurs today I think.

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  1. If Poch thinks that his team will ever win anything from constantly passing the ball square and back all the time his dreaming there is no penetration and no player that are running at the defence.Poch look at Liverpool and man city they have fast player that go at the defence we have become boring and your team selection in this match most spurs fans could have picked a better formation

  2. Of course the manager has to accept some responsibility. He needs to be able to make good decisions and motivate his players. Its just not good enough. And if Eriksen leave there will be one more big problem. Levy should have paid him what he was worth 12 months ago. I don’t blame him for wanting to leave, Also, I am concerned that two new recruits are already injured. For heavens sake, this should not really happen, and its not just bad luck. Player fitness and medical

  3. I am an American ( born in Scotland ) who has taken to English Premier Football, especially the Tottenham Hotspurs. I watched the entire game with Newcastle and, despite being a newcomer to the sport, thought the match was incredibly boring. I, too, questioned the continued passing of the ball in midfield with seemingly little effort to take the game to the Newcastle end. It also appeared there was no strategic changes after halftime to combat the effectiveness of Newcastle’s defense. I hope this changes for I fear Tottenham will eventually fail to end the year in the Final Four.


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