Tottenham have fallen off the pace and Mauricio Pochettino wants – and expects – a response

Date: 17th February 2017 at 10:08 am
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I WOULDN’T say the wheels are coming off the Tottenham bandwagon, but maybe the locking nuts are loose.

They have started to look vulnerable at the back and are struggling to score goals – just one in their last four games.

Not exactly the time to hit the panic button, just yet, as they are third in the Premier League; still in the FA Cup; and still in with a chance of overturning last night’s 1-0 defeat to Gent.

But performances in recent weeks have not been to Mauricio Pochettino’s liking – and there seems to be a lack of drive.

Let’s hope the injury to Harry Kane is not too serious because he is key to their revival.

Dele Alli needs to start showing his early season form again. Maybe all the transfer talks HAS turned his head. Hopefully not.

All players have a dip in form at some point during an arduous season, but it seems that a number of Spurs’ key men have hit the buffers at the same time.

Victory at Fulham in the FA Cp on Sunday would do wonders for team morale; defeat would be potentially disastrous.

After last night’s defeat in Belgium, Eric Dier insisted that after their limp display against Liverpool at the weekend they showed more aggression.

He also conceded they were second best in the first half, but did improve in the second. No doubt after a rocket from an increasingly frustrated boss.

Speaking on BT Sport and as quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38962480 – Pochettino said: “I am disappointed yes because we had a lot of opportunities before we conceded, but the tie is open.

“It’s true that maybe it was not a good performance but we need to understand that it’s always difficult to play in the Europa League. We need to find a way to go to Wembley and win the game and go to the next round.”

 


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