Load of Nothing in Your Hand

A song with the title ‘Going Above Liverpool, Maybe’ doesn’t seem to have been written yet, so this one will have to do until Katrina & The Waves reform and start writing new music and The Bangles reform and put out a cover of it.

Given how hatefully consistent Liverpool have been these past few seasons, it seems crazy that they visit us so soon after Firmino’s header gave them a three point cushion over us at the top of the table, yet they’re now only a single point to the good having played a game more.

Even more so when you consider we’ve only taken eight points from the fifteen we could have had since that narrow Anfield reverse.

What a pity Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester (well, up until last night for the last two, anyway) haven’t also been as inconsistent as Klopp’s men and us. City, especially, are really starting to hit form now, having won their last seven Premier League games and looking more like the team who won consecutive titles ahead of Liverpool finally dethroning them last time out.

Even so, where tonight’s opponents are concerned, this is probably the first time since we beat them 4-1 at Wembley in October 2017 where we face them as the form team, Liverpool having played five games since they annihilated Palace in the game that followed their win over us and only managing a 1-1 draw against West Brom, goalless draws against Newcastle and Manchester United, and one-nil losses to Southampton and Burnley.

They’ve just lost to United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup as well. Even we’re still in that.

If only our displays weren’t looking generally unconvincing, I’d almost be looking forwards to tonight, but our most recent wins over Sheffield United and Wycombe Wanderers haven’t really convinced me that we have a coherent game plan other than hoping not to concede while also hoping Ndombele, Kane and Son combine to do something special, as they variously did against Sheffield United, Son delivering yet another great corner for Aurier’s opener, Kane producing yet another great finish for our second, and Tanguy just generally being sublime, even before he came up with that beautiful third.

Not sure this video will play outside of YouTube, so click here if not

Despite the fact our displays have generally been unconvincing, even before last night’s win for Sheffield United at Old Trafford, I was never in the ‘it’s only Sheffield United’ camp I’m sure some people greeted our last Premier League win with – they might be bottom and possibly on track to have the worst ever points total across a Premier League season, but we’re still only the fourth Premier League team to have beaten them by two clear goals so far this season and, despite allowing ourselves to be pegged back from a comfortable position yet again, we only took three minutes to reassert our two goal margin after McGoldrick’s too easy goal.

Given what happened to us against Newcastle, West Ham, Palace, Liverpool, Wolves and Fulham, plus the fact we hadn’t won at Bramall Lane since the seventies, I expected us to go on to draw or lose once Hugo’s goal was breached.

I’m also still not quite in the ‘Spurs sitting back on a lead’ camp I’m sure some people greeted McGoldrick’s goal with. Performances are far from what we all want them to be, and we never seem to be completely in control of proceedings, but I’m just not seeing an ultra defensive game-plan play out. As examples:

When Kane scores our second, it’s an aggressive high press from Hojbjerg which wins the ball back on 1.13 of the above highlights reel and sets the move in motion.

Hojbjerg helping us protect a narrow 0-1 lead by ensuring we form a back six at all times, without fail, just as Jose instructed.

When Kane then breaks on 1:35 of the same reel, we’re 0-2 up in the second-half and still adventurous enough to create a 3-4 overload on the counter, with, I think, Reguilon being the furthest forward supporting player behind Kane on the far left.

Unless my eyes deceive me (which they often do) Kane, Son, Bergwijn and Reguilon ignoring Jose’s orders again.

Then, with our third, despite the fact we’ve just conceded and still have a 1-2 lead to protect, we have seven players deep into Sheffield United’s half when Reguilon wins the ball back almost in a number ten role ahead of feeding Ndombele who feeds Bergwijn who feeds Ndombele who scores.

Reguilon moving in to win the ball back ahead of our third.

I loved Bergwijn’s role in the goal, too, his lofted pass immediately reminding me of Hoddle’s part in Crook’s equaliser against Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup Final on 5:56 of the below.

Hoddle’s ball to Archibald is actually nothing like Bergwijn’s pass to Ndombele, but as I’d looked up the clip I thought I’d chuck it in all the same.

So, all in all, my feeling is we seem to be a bit aimless, can’t dominate the middle of the park no matter who we’re playing, often don’t look very good, aren’t very entertaining to watch, but are sort of trying to play good football every little once in a while, especially if teams are silly enough to let us have a go on the break.

Which, hopefully, is what Liverpool will do tonight, because the bits of their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United I saw at the weekend suggested Son and Kane will have an absolute field-day playing in behind Trent Alexander Arnold, with Solskjaer seemingly setting Shaw and Martial up to exploit exactly the same space.

Liverpool are also not at the same level as the team who visited us last January and – despite dominating possession and being the better team – were a bit fortunate Lo Celso didn’t take the glorious chance we created towards the end.

In fact, Liverpool are not even the team we played seven match-weeks ago. That team had lost one game in thirteen and were sitting on top of the league. This team haven’t won in five and could find themselves seventh if ourselves and Everton win games in hand. It could be a blip, or it could be a return to the norm following a phenomenal effort and a steady drift towards a Levy-like lack of investment over the three years, three months since that sunny day at Wembley when we thumped them 4-1. I was there that day and we were superb. Oh what I’d give for some more of the same, if only in counter-attacking flashes, tonight.

Come on you Spurs!

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Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago
Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago

SA covid detected in US. Not good. Dunno whether it’s been found in the UK yet.

HjD 😷🇺🇸
HjD 😷🇺🇸
8 months ago

Per JM, “ Harry has injuries to both ankles, will be out a few weeks.” Mission accomplished Scousers.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago

Taking my Spurs hat off I didn’t see too much wrong HD. They were just better and tougher than us.

Last edited 8 months ago by stevo1987
Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago

I don’t think either incident deliberately sought to injure Kane, just poor (but predictable) luck.

MiT
MiT
8 months ago

Inferiority Complex. Players and fans. Need to shed that to progress to any sort of truly lofty height.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
8 months ago
Reply to  MiT

That kind of belief comes from the manager though. He instills it in the players, and through performances, the fans come along

We had that for a good amount of time under Poch. For 3 seasons under Poch I had a reasonable expectation that we’d to win every single game. We didn’t of course; that’s football, but I had a lot of belief in the team.

Under Jose, most times I think the football will be poor, predicable. And It often is. 

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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8 months ago

+1

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
8 months ago

+another1.

Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Me Wun Tu.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago

Rose tinted. It was never like that as I saw it.

Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

Rose tinted? I think SSG’s recollection is pretty spot on.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Well, you would.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

He is in the in crowd.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

In crowd? Finally!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

There were some shit games under Poch but the overall vibe except for the last 18 months was great. For me anyway. There’s a level of functionality from Mourinho’s Tottenham and the odd exciting game but it just doesn’t inspire the way the high pressing Poch team did. As soon as the level of functionality drops as it did in the second half there’s nothing left.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
8 months ago

Right time for bed.I expect this blog will be an interesting read tomorrow,usualy is after a poor game

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  mystic arnold

It used to be but now it is the same old clique spouting the same old things. Anyone with a different opinion either gets shouted down or ignored. I guess that is why so many have now left.

Last edited 8 months ago by stevo1987
stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago

Nothing new really. Poop normally beat us. How many years do you want to go back? OK we have the odd win but normal service is usually resumed.

foeorfreund
foeorfreund
8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

I find the manner of the defeat far more devastating than the result.

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8 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

101% 👍

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Yes, but we have lost even worse in days gone by. Apologies if that is bad English…

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

No, not too bad by my standards.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
8 months ago

What was the point of the Vinícius loan? Rest Harry for the early rounds of the cups?

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago

Well, you know the point but he hasn’t really impressed other than against a few poor sides.

Chauveljn
8 months ago

Top scorer in Portugal last season. The sadness is he hasn’t been played enough to really know his potential or not.

Chauveljn
8 months ago

Lloris sadly made two errors and there was no way back. Not helped by the defence who looked confused and you wonder why Toby can’t get a game.

Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago

And we wouldn’t pay the money for Watkins.
So fakin Spursy!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
8 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

He’d have just stayed on the bench anyway.

Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago

Sorry my bad, I forgot he’s not a defender.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Watkins? lol. Maybe give up supporting Spurs and throw your lot in with Brentford.

Funkenschlag!
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8 months ago
Reply to  stevo1987

News Flash..
He isn’t a Brentford player anymore.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
8 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Well, he did grab a hat trick against Liverpool this season. Could have done with a bit of that today.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago

So what? …. Are saying he would have scored 3 for us today?

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I know Villa. I don’t know why you brought him up.

Paleo
Paleo
8 months ago

Still got a mental weakness, it’s all I’ve ever known,can’t understand why I keep getting hopeful

Paleo
Paleo
8 months ago
Reply to  Paleo

Tottenham too

Chauveljn
8 months ago

I’m speechless. It’s as if half our players lost the will to compete without Kane second half.

Right, if Harry’s out, no point speculating whether we can finish top four. We can’t.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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8 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

If Harry on the pitch is the only way the defence can perform then we really are a one man team.

Chauveljn
8 months ago

He’s the heartbeat. The totem.

stevo1987
stevo1987
8 months ago
Reply to  Chauveljn

What did Bergwine do? We are chasing the game and Bale gets 10 minutes.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
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8 months ago

The only blessing is the fans aren’t currently streaming out into the pissing rain.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
8 months ago

And the queeing system they were using at 7 sisters would have made it EVEN more fun getting home

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