The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are still feeling pretty disappointed about their side’s defeat to Arsenal. Though they were optimistic ahead of the game, their side failed to deliver on all counts, with a lifeless performance leading to a dismal 2-0 defeat on the day.
The fans in the pub have put the blame on a number of things, and in reacting to the result, BBC pundit Garth Crooks has also had his say. Discussing the performance during his weekly Team of the Week column, Crooks has placed part of the blame on Pochettino.
He said: “What I did not understand was why Spurs took so long to recognise that this was an Arsenal side intent on humiliating their North London rivals”
Crooks continues: “So why did Spurs start this match as though they were playing MK Dons on a Tuesday night in Milton Keynes? And why did Mauricio Pochettino let them? Tottenham started the game as though their very presence was enough to earn them a point, while Arsenal played as though their lives depended on it”.
Essentially, what Crooks is saying is that Pochettino didn’t react quickly enough, and now, a few days after the fact, it’s fair to say that that’s a fair judgement. Hindsight is, of course, 20/20, but the Lilywhites never really looked at it, and so it makes you wonder why the manager didn’t make a change.
Arsenal won’t mind, though, as it was a very good performance from the Gunners, and one that the fans in the Transfer Tavern were not expecting.
Pochettino has been the man at the centre of all of Tottenham’s recent success, but this was a poor performance from both the manager and the players.
Arsenal dominated the entire game, and it took until the closing stages for Spurs to really look like they had any chance of getting something out of the game.
The pressure will be on the Lilywhites in the week to bounce back.
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