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Tottenham Hotspur still guilty of falling short against the elite Premier League sides

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Jan 2016

The Argentine has impressed with Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t have the best record against the elite sides this season.

Tottenham Hotspur conceded late in a 1-0 home defeat to Premier League high-flyers Leicester City, just days after having drawn to the Foxes in the FA Cup, and the Lilywhites’ struggles against stellar opposition has been a constant theme all season. Spurs have been draw specialists this season, and are desperate to turn the stalemates into wins.

Tottenham slowly improving in the big games

Spurs have failed to beat Leicester City in three meetings this campaign, while Mauricio Pochettino’s men have fallen short in many more games against the stellar sides. Continued dropped points could well see them missing out on major honours come May. Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League, having lost only three games, but they have to start coming out on top against the sides around them in the table if they want to take the next step.

After losing to Manchester United on the opening day of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Tottenham went on to draw against Leicester City, win against Manchester City, draw against Liverpool, draw against Arsenal, draw against Chelsea and lose against Leicester City. While having lost just once from tough opposition, Spurs’ points return isn’t good enough. They have gradually improved in recent seasons considering they’d have perhaps lost the fixtures to the top sides 12 months ago.

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Seven points amassed from as many games against the top sides isn’t a good enough tally for Tottenham to stay fighting for a place at the summit, but Pochettino will know exactly what is keeping the Londoners from being a fully-fledged Champions League side. Spurs haven’t been full of goals in the Premier League this season, but are working tirelessly to inject more attacking threat potentially in the form of some new arrivals in January.

Their lack of potency in the final third is also a reason for their stalemates in the big games, as their industry can see them go toe-to-toe with the top teams, but a lack of real punch is often the difference for the eventually winner. Tottenham are 4/5 to finish in the top-four of the Premier League this season, and their form up until the middle of January has seen them on course to meet their objectives. However, their squad could still do with one or two new faces. Tottenham weren’t disappointing against Leicester, but came up against a stoic backline and were given little time in possession to work attacking moves.

Why do Tottenham keep falling short in the big games?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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