Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20: GUYS I LOVE THE BANTZ

Zososoxfan

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So Ndombele is an every match that matters starter now, and LoCelso or Lamela (when healthy) over Eriksen, correct?
Yes to Tanguy, and yes to Lo Celso over Eriksen. However, Lamela has a different role from GLC/Eriksen, so that is more dependent on the matchup and shape Poch wants to use.

The attack is fairly straightforward--I could tell you easily the best handful of attacking shapes Poch could throw out. Player selection and shape for the back 5? [insert shruggie emoji]
 

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Honestly, watching Son go into shock and cry on the field over the weekend kind of ruined the whole season for me. I was really happy to see him score twice yesterday (and shout-out Gomes in his celebration).
 

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Watching Son brings me total joy in such an otherwise disappointing season. His continuous hustle and skill, not to mention clear affection for the game and his teammates (and even his opponents) is really inspiring.
 

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Again a lame performance, at home against a mediocre team, with too many bad performances (Dier, Aurier, Kane being the most obvious) and tactics that made no sense.

A really poor game from Poch:

- Had they scouted Sheffield United this season? Why were they relying on Dier and Sissoko to pass out from the back against a press with no other midfield support? That was a predictable disaster. Why not play Ndombele or GLC deeper next to Sissoko? Or if you want buildup from the CBs, play Toby Alderweireld, a CB who can actually pass and who should be fresh since he didn't play in the midweek match.
- Why does Kane continue to play 90 minutes every match? He looks terrible. He's too slow right now, he offers no pace in behind, he can't dribble past anyone, and he can't create any space for himself in tight areas. Mediocre defenders are handling him easily. I would be considering dropping Kane for a Son/Lucas forward pairing right now.
- Bringing on Winks for Ndombele predictably lead to a stretch of play where Spurs were unable to win the ball back in midfield. Winks is a massive defensive liability right now.
- This group of players looked like they had never practiced playing in a back 3/5 before. The defensive positioning on the goal conceded was horrendous.
 

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Awful performance and agree with everything said by Coremiller; just dreadful across the board. This season has been a complete disaster.
 

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They actually got some nice movement and passing in the final 3rd from GLC, Dele and Son today, but as Coremiller said, Kane was awful and the fullbacks offered nothing in attack.

I'm so tired of Aurier. If he isn't getting sent off, he's turning in performances like today. Can't put in a cross, doesn't try to beat his man, doesn't bother to challenge crosses, will aggressively press on his own and then jog getting back. Stop fucking playing him
 

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I don’t have many thoughts on how to fix this team, they’re awful right now. Kane is a big part of that, he is nowhere close to the elite striker he’s been in the past. I’m sure playing a million minutes and some major ankle injuries are a part of that. Poch seems to be pretending he’s 2017 Harry Kane, when he could carry a team and you could build your approach around him. But you can’t anymore.

I’d like to see them go back to the 3-4-3 of a few years ago, with Ndombele and Lo Celso in MF and some combination of Son/Dele/Kane/Eriksen/Lucas up front, depending on matchups. I think they have much bigger problems than tactics and formations though.
 

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The other problem with Kane's reduced mobility is that he doesn't lead the press from the front very well anymore. There are bigger issues with the press than just him, but he's certainly not helping.

veritas, they don't have the personnel right now to play that 3-4-3. When they were doing that three years ago, they had Vertonghen and Alderweireld at the peak of their powers, and healthy versions of Dembele/Wanyama/Dier in midfield who could run around destroying everyone. Toby/Jan are older now + have one foot out the door, and they don't have a midfield who can cover ground like that and win the ball back. Winks-Sissoko just aren't good enough defensively.

Injuries sapping both Wanyama's and Dier's abilities is underrated as a cause of Spurs' current problems. Wanyama is only 28 but he's a shell of what he was 2-3 years ago. Dier had a horrible run of injuries and illness but he's been awful for a year now. Granted, Poche's tactics today did him no favors. Maybe with some more minutes his form will improve.
 

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Just a depressing season. Kane has been a shell of his former self, Poch is making bad and weird decisions, and the defense is a mess. It's time for KWP to get some real PT and see if we have anything with him. Same with any other young promising player really.