There are a ton of positives to take away from this match, but at the end of the day you should never be happy with a 4-1 hammering. There were mistakes, soft penalties for both sides and one of the most terrifying strikers in the league in the form of his life. Taking that all into account the thing that frustrates me the most about this game was the pathetic lack of mental toughness to try and stay in the game from Lamela and Soldado. After Lamela’s mistake to conceded the first goal, then the additional somewhat careless (although questionable) mistake to concede the penalty he hobbled around the pitch like a sad puppy with his chin to his chest. At this point we were still very much in the game, but Lamela’s confidence was shot and he was constantly throwing his hands in the air with frustration and had a complete lack of conviction for the remainder of the match. This is unacceptable behavior and in my mind Lamela deserves a good kick up the ass. Now on to Soldado. Honestly, this was one of his better matches in lilywhite that he has ever had. He was creative, involved in the buildup/holdup play and looked a genuine goal threat. That being said, when it came time to step up to the spot and slam home a penalty that could have completely changed the course of this match, he reverted back to his typical self. Walking up to the spot I could see it in his face that he wasn’t confident in the shot, I was screaming at the TV asking Eriksen to take the penalty. The penalty was horrendous, you don’t rely on keeper movement in a game this big, you have to slam one into the side netting. The missed penalty was bad, and other than the one chance he had soon after, his complete lack of effort was a disgrace in the final 20+ minutes of the game. If you do not convert a penalty in a match as big as this one, you better be running yourself into the ground for the rest of the match trying to make up for your mistake. I don’t care how much Soldado looked ‘improved’ his lack of confidence and conviction doesn’t equal 1/3 of what we paid for him…
We held the former premier league champions to a tight game for the first 67 minutes. Lampards antics for their first penalty were completely fabricated, giving them an early advantage that was unwarranted. Poch was one of the most active managers Ive ever seen in that game screaming at us to hold a high line and press, which to his credit worked wonders the first 3/4 of the game. Lack of chances have been something we’ve struggled with all season and we had 19 shots to their 20 shots this game.
Lloris was immense as usual. Rose looks to be getting better every day and Ryan Mason should start every game from here on out, he was a little bulldog out there. Eriksen also had a very good game.
Expecting us to make Champions League this year isn’t something we should be doing. Spurs need time to gel as a team and with their new manager. I have 100% faith in Poch and think he’s in another league than AVB or Sherwood. That being said we need to be patient as he inherited a mess of mismanaged talent this year.