Watford 2-1 Tottenham: Jermaine Jenas says Spurs should discover technique to win on off-days
To at the present time, I can not bear in mind a sport through which Spurs haven’t performed effectively, and nonetheless received.
All people enjoys watching Tottenham as a result of they play pretty soccer and are nice on the attention, however too many occasions they’re unable to grind out a consequence. They do not have that different ingredient.
In opposition to Watford at Vicarage Street on Sunday, it was a day to resolve that for those who’re not going to win – and Spurs weren’t nice – at the least do not get crushed.
‘You need to combine it up’
Tottenham eased previous Manchester United at Outdated Trafford of their earlier sport, however they struggled to kick on towards Watford and misplaced their 100% profitable begin to the season.
They appeared safe within the first half, and defensively it was a good suggestion to go three on the again towards a really hard-working and bodily Hornets entrance two of Troy Deeney and Andre Grey.
Spurs commanded loads of the sport however someway received into cruise management mode, trying like they have been having a straightforward day on the workplace. The very best groups on the minute, like Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis, put you to the sword.
You need to give credit score to Watford however there have been spells within the sport the place Spurs had a lot management that they need to have brought on extra issues. They did not and managed simply two pictures heading in the right direction all sport – each long-range strikes from Christian Eriksen.
Spurs have the personnel however generally it’s a must to combine it up, go somewhat extra direct. As soon as they go a objective down, their mentality modifications to ‘oh, let’s give it a go now, see if something occurs’.
They have been going fairly direct early on. I preferred it and I do not assume it was a unfavourable. Typically away from dwelling you are feeling the opposition might be on to you early on so, if they’re, it’s good to maintain turning their defenders and getting balls in behind – it is going to pin them again.
Dele Alli was making some good runs and missed with a header and Kieran Trippier, who had extra touches on the ball (112) than another participant on the pitch, was bursting down the correct, and it was pushing Watford again.
However they allowed Watford to get themselves again into the sport. Mousa Dembele was poor, enjoying dangerous balls and giving it away in key areas. That encourages the house crowd.
‘Spurs nonetheless present indicators of immaturity’
Mauricio Pochettino and his workforce have to determine a technique to nullify unfavourable conditions and that’s the largest drawback they’ve as a workforce. They’ve nice gamers with a fantastic model of soccer however they can’t do the ugly facet.
It isn’t a brand new drawback for Spurs; this has been occurring for years.
There’s a couple of technique to pores and skin a cat however this workforce has solely received one. If they’re enjoying effectively and all of it clicks, like at occasions towards United final Monday, then they are going to beat anyone – that’s the reason they beat Actual Madrid within the Champions League final season.
When it doesn’t click on, or they undergo a tough 15-20 minutes as they did towards Juventus at dwelling final season, they haven’t discovered a system to take a look at one another and go, ‘proper let’s get compact, let’s dig in for 10 minutes and get by this era’.
They’re nonetheless displaying indicators of immaturity in considering they’ll simply outplay everyone.
Soccer shouldn’t be like that as a result of folks begin to determine you out and make life tough – as Harry Kane came upon at Vicarage Street.
Is all the things OK with Kane?
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Regardless of scoring six targets and profitable the Golden Boot, I used to be not 100% pleased with Kane’s performances on the World Cup. In lots of the video games, it was not the Harry Kane I do know.
Once I see Kane at his greatest, he is not only scoring targets – that’s the straightforward half for him. He’s dominating again fours, he’s taking the ball in and firing 4 or 5 pictures off in a sport together with his left and proper foot.
I can not bear in mind the final time he did that. He’s not hanging pictures from lengthy vary anymore. And you can not put it all the way down to tiredness – for 45 minutes towards United he gave Phil Jones and Chris Smalling a fully torrid time.
In opposition to Watford, he was ready for one thing to land on his plate. He had one alternative late and headed over the crossbar. On his greatest kind, he makes issues occur.
‘Spurs have to win one thing’
The Champions League draw occurred final week and Spurs are in a tricky group alongside Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.
I do not assume Spurs are able to profitable the Champions League simply but however hopefully they’ll win a trophy.
Sure, they lack the depth of squad that Liverpool or Manchester Metropolis have at their disposal, however final 12 months we may see that they do have the power to compete on all fronts, attending to the semi-final of the FA Cup and final 16 of the Champions League, whereas ending third within the league.
Plus, for those who take a look at the Actual Madrid squad who received the Champions League underneath Zinedine Zidane for the previous three years, they didn’t truly use that many gamers. You might assure a lot of the 11, and the one change he would make is Isco or Marco Asensio coming in.
If we’re speaking about depth, there’s by no means an entire rotation of the squad within the Champions League. These are your largest video games. The rotation occurs within the early levels of the FA Cup and League Cup. And Pochettino does have the gamers to have the ability to try this.
So sure, it’s more durable than ever to win trophies, with so many groups enjoying at such a excessive stage. However the entire energy in depth argument is blown out of the water by Actual Madrid and Barcelona.
Ideally I wish to assume Spurs would take the League Cup a bit extra critically. They’re attending to the stage the place they should win one thing. Manchester Metropolis have been very happy to win the League Cup final 12 months and Spurs ought to have that mindset.
But it surely comes all the way down to the quantity of video games they must play and Pochettino might be trying on the state of the gamers.
He’ll prioritise competitions, and in his eyes the Champions League and Premier League are the important thing ones. If he has to write down off the FA Cup and League Cup to realize success in these two, then these are the tough selections he’ll really feel he has to make.
Pochettino has a great group of gamers: Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have been on the bench towards Watford; Danny Rose got here on instead – so there’s sufficient there to take you far in every competitors.
Lucas Moura has been nice coming in however they are going to be delighted to have Son Heung-min obtainable once more. He made an enormous impression final 12 months and at occasions was the primary man when Kane was injured.
The gamers are there for Tottenham; it’s now all the way down to them to rise to the event.
Jermaine Jenas was chatting with BBC Sport’s Shamoon Hafez.