Tottenham Hotspur, best team in the Premier League, at the moment? Probably so; yeah.
Manchester City are more exciting going forward, but their lack of defensive solidity, means that the Lilywhites are currently a more well-rounded side.
I don't think Spurs will ever have a better centre-back pairing than Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld and Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen.
— Charlie Parrish (@charlieparrish) October 2, 2016
Tottenham’s inability to overcome Leicester City’s fairy tale, last season, and impressively finishing third in a two-horse race, should’ve – and no doubt did – concern(ed) all those involved with the club – if Arsenal’s struggles were embarrassing, then Tottenham’s capitulation scored off the Richter scale.
The pressure on Harry Kane in front of goal and the ability to press the opposition for a solid 90 minutes, week-in-week-out, is virtually impossible – unless you have two identical XIs.
Liverpool had a similar issue last campaign, and it cost them on their biggest moment of the season; the Europa League Final…
“Sevilla didn’t enjoy Liverpool’s tackling and determination in the first half.
“But they started off after half-time with a more positive attitude and getting the goal right away changed the whole game.
“In the second half, Liverpool had no energy, they could not get to the ball,. The space in midfield became bigger. I never had a team who could press a ball all season.”
Sir Alex Ferguson
…but Jurgen Klopp moved to eradicate that issue, this summer, with the Reds now possessing an embarrassment of riches in creative, energetic, fluid and agile attacking players.
Pochettino’s transfer window with Spurs was underwhelming, at best, in terms of building the required squad depth and finding those players that can unlock defences better than Christian Eriksen, and link the midfield and attack when Mousa Dembele is off eye-gouging Diego Costa.
Also Costa has a grip of Dembele's actual back at the time, not just his shirt https://t.co/vVeC0xPa5P
— – (@Conor_Spurs) May 4, 2016
In Kane’s absence and lack of form, Poch tinkered with his line-up and gave Heung-Min Son his chance to buzz around in the final third, in a way that the England international just isn’t capable of doing. However, it could’ve been oh so different had the former Hamburg forward got his wish of leaving White Hart Lane in the summer.
Upon Son’s return from the summer Olympics, the South Korean much his first appearance in Spurs’ fourth Premier League game of the season. And that was more out of a case of necessity, as despite being unbeaten Tottenham weren’t anywhere near the performance they put in against Manchester City – only Poch knows if he was really just waiting for the former Bundesliga player to get back, or if turgid performances forced his hand.
You won’t believe some of the former Spurs pros that are still knocking about!
Son’s form shows that, perhaps, last season’s failure to fully utilise the South Korean international, may have cost Spurs that extra bit they needed to pass Leicester City. We will never know. But Pochettino is lucky to still be able to call upon his man of the moment, given Son’s desire to return to the Bundesliga in the summer.
Then you look at the desperation in signing/not signing/and then signing Moussa Sissoko on Deadline Day from Newcastle United, a signing that was eventually okay’d by Pochettino and Daniel Levy out of pure desperation.
Which is surprising, given the fact that the French international was the ideal player for Spurs. Sissoko is the complete opposite of a usual Pochettino player, someone who is away from the industrious, hard-working robots that Poch favours.
Sure, Sissoko can be lazy and sloppy in possession but the attacking-midfielder can also power past defences, turn games on their head with a thunderbastard of a strike, everything Tottenham are so desperately lacking.
And yet Poch didn’t see it; didn’t realise it. But I suppose the great managers all get lucky from time to time.