Tottenham Spurs host Slovenian NS Mura this Thursday in the Europa League Conference (9pm). An ideal meeting to regain some confidence after a chaotic start to the season.
A good month of August and then patatras. After three Premier League entry successes, Tottenham fell in the standings. Blame it on a nightmarish September punctuated by three consecutive defeats in the league and an almost lucky draw on the Rennes lawn in the Europa League Conference (2-2). Last weekend, Hugo Lloris’ teammates were subjected to Arsenal’s law at the Emirates Stadium (3-0 at the break, 3-1 final score). Enough to plunge Londoners into a crisis that can be explained in several ways. Harry Kane: serial scorer no longer responds As unthinkable as it may seem, Harry Kane has still not broken his goal counter after six days of the championship. The Premier League’s top passer last season hasn’t made a single offering in his first two months of competition, either. “There is obviously something wrong with him right now, he does not look happy at all,” said Gary Neville, former Manchester United player and consultant for Sky Sports.
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Long announced in the sights of Manchester City this summer, the British striker, finalist of Euro 2021, finally remained in north London. Is he still 100% concerned with the Spurs project? Does he regret his abortive transfer to a contender for the final victory in the Champions League? Still it is that England and Europe of football do not recognize, for the moment, the man to 224 goals for Tottenham. A boring style of play We remember the “Boring Chelsea” in the days of JosÃ © Mourinho, unflattering nickname given to the Blues, English champion at the time but with a little shimmering football and above all worn © on defense. Nuno Esperito Santo’s Tottenham are hardly more flamboyant on the pitch but do not really have a champion’s head. In six matches, Tottenham have only found the net four times. Only Norwich, last in the standings, has scored fewer goals.
The offensive sector struggles to express itself and the person in charge could be on the bench. Arriving this summer from Wolverhampton, Nuno Esperito Santo has never been a champion of the offensive game. Still, aside from last season, his results at the head of Wolves speak for him. The Portuguese even managed to qualify the club in the Europa League two seasons ago. A first since the 1979-1980 season. Nevertheless, these good results were obtained by regularly leaving possession of the ball to the opponent and by stabbing them in the counterattack.
So far, the formula is not working on Tottenham’s side and the contrast to the exciting football of the Pochettino era is stark. According to Gary Neville, this change in philosophy directly impacts the performance of some players. “Under Pochettino there was enthusiasm, appetite, intensity in the games and the players seemed to like it. Several players of the time are still there today but some have become very ordinary “, coldly notes the former British right side. A sinking midfielder Among the players targeted by the Sky Sports consultant, it is impossible not to mention Dele Alli. The 25-year-old England midfielder is slowly disappearing from the radar after establishing himself as one of the stars in the making in the post. “If you want a warning sign, look at Dele Alli. Three or four years ago I thought it would become one of the very best midfielders this country has ever produced. And now look at it. He is the shadow of what he was in terms of involvement and work ethic ”.
Overall it is the entire midfielder who has faltered for a month. Against Arsenal, it was striking to see how the Gunners enjoyed complete freedom in this area of play. Positioned too far from the ball carrier, the Spurs midfielders offered too much space in which the opposing circles are not shy to rush. “I’ve never seen this in my life. I think there is less space on the moon “, railed Jamie Carragher, former Liverpool defender and also a consultant for Sky Sports.
Result, the Spurs point to an anecdotal 11th place in the Premier League. And if the rise in the standings is most certainly the priority in the ranks of Tottenham, the troops of Nuno Esperito Santo would be well inspired not to neglect this Europa League Conference, competition in which Londoners are among the big favorites.
the 09/30/2021 at 4:16 PM
Harry Kane is an average forward, I would have loved it if MU or Real broke the bank for him. In the end of the euro it did not exist. In England in a championship with no defense and his trucker cat size works but not at European level
Harry Kane on a standstill, dying style of play and failing midfielder: Tottenham’s three start-to-season disappointments