Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a mini revival since their stale performance against Liverpool in the Premier League, but they have plenty of improving still to do to reach the level they are capable of.
Mauricio Pochettino may have steadied the ship in recent weeks but his side are far from their sensational best as they prepare to host Barcelona in the Champions League. It’s the fixture of a magnitude which top players live for and recent form should count for nothing when the iconic chimes of the Champions League theme tune echo off the walls of England’s footballing cathedral.
Tottenham have navigated their way through 2 Premier League fixtures against Brighton and Huddersfield with 6 points to show for their efforts, but they hardly blew away their modest opponents.
The Seagulls had chances to take at a point off Spurs at the Amex and the struggling Terriers were denied by a combination of a superb Paulo Gazzaniga and the woodwork.
Despite this, Sky Sports pundit Denis Wise has lauded Tottenham’s attacking unit and Harry Kane in his team of the week column by claiming: “Tottenham will be very pleased he’s come back into a bit of form. His header was fantastic, his penalty was precise, and all five of that front group are flying.”
Without meaning to rain on Tottenham’s parade it’s fair to say that Wise’s verdict is a gross exaggeration of the improvement Pochettino’s side have shown since suffering a trio of defeats against Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan.
Sure, Kane’s header against Huddersfield was brilliant whilst Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min showed signs of returning to their fluid best, but they are far from “flying” right now.
They scraped past a team who have picked up just 5 points this season before recording a routine victory over rock-bottom Huddersfield without blowing them away by any stretch.
The real test of how far they have improved will arrive tomorrow night when they face the Catalan giants in a fixture which could make or break their European campaign.
Two confidence boosting results have provided Spurs with a decent platform from which to build as they prepare to go head-to-head with the 4-time winners, and they will certainly need their attacking unit to be flying against Barcelona to stand any chance of clinching three vital points.
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