Writer: Cider spurs.
Date:Monday December 16 2013
Well i've took the liberty of writing this article prior to the final whistle, 5-0 should be enough of a clue to let us realise we were outplayed. Everything I thought Spurs were going to do, Liverpool did. They closed us down quickly, moved the ball fast, even their Right winger Sterling outshone our own little Azza in the first half.
So, as the final whistle sounds it's announced that this thumping is our worst home defeat for 16 years. -6 goal difference and to be fair it could have been worse. No point picking out any particular player for criticism, IMO pretty much all were poor. Another Europa league game followed by a loss. I stated on my post match Anzhi article that the defence was often breached as a result of one ball catching out a flat, square on line/player, excused at the time as makeshift, certainly caught out again. It was poor, we were poor. They were good, very good.
What is it with Spurs and firsts, Flanagan first Liverpool goal, Henderson first goal this season. Naughton never even looked like handling Sterling, Dawson then decides to keep playing awkward little balls to him. All these times he hoofs it up field from defence and when Naughton is obviously struggling he now decides to start playing balls out to Naughton who has a player breathing down his neck. Why?. Capoue, still keen on him as a CB?. Lloris, another couple of fine saves, another couple of dodgy moments.
Midfield, Power is great, but it cannot be all about this element. We were over run, over run in pretty much every area of the pitch. We were limited with our subs once Naughton and Sandro had to go off injured. This was embarrassing, i cannot even begin to try and get across my disappointment. Where was Lennon after the first 5 minutes. Five minutes in, I actually thought we were going to get some joy down the right, just the rub of the ball spoiling Lennon's good work. That was it first half. Daws took my advice and took the yellow to sit the Spam game out, Paulinho went one better. Intent or not, a kick to the chest at any point is always going to carry the risk of getting sent off. Add Suarez rolling around on the floor to the equation, and the showers have to be switched on. You're gone!.
When you move the ball as quick as Liverpool and close down with purpose, it makes no difference to the Physicality of our Midfield. Liverpool simply passed round us. This is why (as some may know) I have been questioning the Three Midfielders of Dembele, Paulinho and Sandro starting together. Sandro I get, but only one of the other two for me, a deep lying playmaker is a must as far as I'm concerned. Not because we are laboured, but because it offers us something different. Dembele and Paulinho are ball carriers, even I can ping a ball 50 yards quicker than any of these two can dribble it. It's all too similar. Our whole game was based on dribbling when afforded a slight chance to do this. Pirlo may seem a weird link, but IMO this is exactly what is missing. We looked like strangers today, as much was said post match. Hurts me to say, too many passangers today. Not one shot on target.
Got to try and squeeze a little bit of positivity in this somewhere so here goes....Chadli performed well, often finding a yard to deliver a cross, he was most probably our best player. Considering he was up against Johnson whom is pretty quick, he retained possession well and made space for himself. Header just over the bar too. Final note, and one worthy of a mention. Well done to all the players and staff who attended the junior Christmas party. Looked like the kids had a wonderful time. Sorry for the less than informative article but to be fair I could have summed it up with one word, so I've made a little effort
Written by Cider spurs
Date:Monday December 16 2013
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