After a UCL Match Day 1 loss to Inter as well as back-to-back losses in the league to Watford and Liverpool, Spurs fans and players are getting desperate for results. Yet, the North London side still has all of the firepower to stick with not only top Premier League sides, but also with the best sides in Europe. The key moving forward for the Spurs will have to be not shying away from the moment. In big matches over the course of the last couple of years, the results have seemed to continuously slip away for Tottenham.
Losing to Juve at home during the second leg of the Quarters in the Champions League last year was a heartbreaking end for the side. Almost as heartbreaking as letting the leagues slip from their grasp the year prior. Dropping points to sides they are clearly better than is all the evidence needed to know the difference between inconsistent EPL sides and the powerhouses from the other top leagues in Europe.
It is even more frustrating because the talent is all there. Harry Kane is a world class forward who deserves his name in the conversation amongst the elite strikers in football at the moment. Dele has one of the highest engines in the top flights, and the rest of the squad has quality top to bottom. With the likes of Lucas, Son, Eriksen, Lamela, Tripper, Dembele, Vertonghen, and Alderweird.
So why is it that the results and trophies do not come? Is it only a matter of time? If the Spurs can put together full 90’s and stay up for every game, their depth and quality has the potential to shine above the rest. Is it a possible coaching issue?
Don’t get me wrong, not getting points away at Inter is a major set back for their Champion League hopes. But with an important Match Day 2 coming up against Barca, it is crucial to come out with points in order to keep pace with Inter in fighting for that second spot in the group. Assuming they can take all six points from PSV, and that they will be up for a revenge match at Wembley vs Inter in late November, all that matters is getting points on Barca at home. If through to the quarters, Spurs will have to be nearly perfect to compete with the quality that a top of the group team will present to them. They should have all the confidence in themselves because of the experience that their squad has now acquired, but it will come down to execution.
The Spurs have proved themselves as one of the more quality sides in the EPL, but they will have to be more consistent going forward to assure they lock up a top-four spot in the league and accomplish their Champions League goals.
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