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Spurs missed the chance to go top of the table today, at least for a few hours, as we battled to a point at the Vitality stadium. Bournemouth pressed with an amazing intensity and Spurs only really threatened in patches.
Bournemouth were excellent today but Spurs need to address a few issues. It's great that we are tougher but our discipline today was worrying. At times in the first half I felt like we had gone back to Stamford Bridge and at times the players lost their heads and Poch must get that addressed because on another day we could easily have finished with 9...
An opportunity to be top of the table awaits us in the form of Bournemouth, a team against which we scored eight and conceded just one last season. Sounds like the perfect opportunity, but maybe not. Bournemouth have been steadily improving under the management of Howe, and in his press conference the young Englishman said, “I think we’re better prepared for these kinds of games. We’re more hardened to Premier League football…”.
Similar styles - similar weaknesses?
Howe is a man who shares similar beliefs about how football should be played...
After Spurs were stopped by a keeper at West Brom, it was our turn tonight to be grateful for some superb keeping tonight. Lloris pulled off at least 4 superb saves and one that was sensational.
A game that Pochettino described as a must win, ended in Spurs coming away thankful for a point.
Here are my player ratings. These are only my opinions , so please give your ratings too.
Lloris - 9 : I nearly put 10. When your keeper is man of the match, you know you have to be very thankful not to lose. 3 saves down to his right and the save from Hernandez was...
And we’re back! The lowlights of the England team can be swept under the rug and we can return to the heady heights of the Premier League…and the Midlands.
Pochettino in his press conference said, “It’s too early to talk about the title..” and that’s for sure! But for me this game against WBA will teach us more about whether we can win the title than the City game did.
We dropped four points against them last season and shouldn’t have. We should’ve slaughtered them in both matches, and the fact is champions win these games - somehow, someway.
Although unbeaten in the league, Spurs have been questioned about whether they can challenge for the title this season. Today the manager and the players resoundingly answered that question with a YES!
If you want to see how to beat a top team like Manchester City, Spurs showed everyone how it is done today.
Lloris - 7: Incredibly had very little to do but his distribution is getting worse and could cause us problems. Needs to work on this part of the game but still one of the very best.
Walker - 8: Superb performance today. Good defending, great...