Ahead of kick-off in Brighton, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said it wasvery important to proceed in the midweek 7-2 embarrassment at home to Bayern Munich. But Spurs 3-0 defeat the south east coast has just served to hamper their problems.
Instead of moving ahead, this can be really a Tottenham team stuck together with issues throughout the pitch sabotaging any hopes they had of using past years run to the Champions League as a springboard to the successful chapter Pochettino has spoken about.
As theoles rang out around the Amex Stadium, using Brighton – a team that had not won at home since March – passing the ball round the conquered blue tops of Tottenham with a confidence earned from their dominant display, it was tempting to wonder at which Spurs go out of here.
Instantly, there is an international break which will leave Pochettino stewing over whats gone wrong for the next two months, but could at least supply a refresh that is psychological for those players that travel out on international duty.
However, Tottenham have.
On the pitch, the Tottenhams defence, midfield and attack are failing to satisfy the standards they have set for themselves in years past while contract issues with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have created an air of doubt about where the club is led.
Pochettino has clarified his team sinceunsettled and, after the humbling League Cup defeat at Colchester, said the January transfer window could bea fantastic chance to repair this situation. However, once 17 defeats in 2019, its tough to find a quick solution for their existing problems.
A wretched away record, which has witnessed Spurs win just three of the last 18 away games across all competitions, coupled with the leads against Bayern, Olympiakos, Leicester and also Arsenal this season, has witnessed Pochettino wonder the mindset of his team.
The pressing that was extreme game that characterised Pochettinos design has fallen , with the unwanted looking lacklustre and weary .
The gritty, hard-fought comeback win over Southampton with 10 men appeared to be a turning point. A nightmare week has followed with the underlying difficulties of Tottenham.
The defence, that had the best record in the Premier League at the two seasons between 2015 and 2017 of tottenham, after shipping 10 goals in the two matches, seems badly out of forms and watched its standing slip last year.
There have been only two clean sheets this year – at home to Crystal Palace and at the shock shootout defeat Colchester – and Spurs are facing a very long spell without first-choice goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris once he dislocated his elbow following his costly early error at Brighton.
Vertonghen and Alderweireld – out of contract – have appeared insecure, while positions related to the attacking drama of much of the predominate of Pochettino, in full-back, Spurs strength seems something of a weakness.
Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier created more opportunities in the Premier League than any other defenders. Last year, Trippier – regardless of all the criticisms of the work – jelqing Evertons Lucas Digne along with the Andrew Robertson of Liverpool .
This time, although Robertson Trent Alexander-Arnold strategies 30 chances created, no more Tottenham full-back has reached double figures.
On the left , with new signing Ryan Sessegnon outside hurt, Davies and Danny Rose – a player who had been expected to leave Spurs at the summer – have been under the level that was desirable.
In right-back, Pochettino has had to appear as an alternative to the Serge Aurier, who was suspended for the visit to Brighton to the back part of his error-strewn display against Bayern Munich.
Giovanni Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele were assumed to Tottenhams wanting central midfield but the program has been stalled by injury to the prior and inconsistent type in the latter.
Pochettino searching for equilibrium, alternating staff and the shape in his or her deathbed has been left by that.
Harry Winks, acting like a deep-lying playmaker, has had better defensive aid about him than Ndombele or Sissoko have offered – particularly when a diamond has been employed – while in Brighton the coming Eric Dier was a shadow of the harmful defensive midfielder hes shown he could be in the past.
Further forward, chief creator Eriksen is earning fewer key passes per 90 minutes than he has at any point in his Tottenham profession, whereas Erik Lamela has created only one goal participation in his past eight appearances, scoring Spurs fourth in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
As Dele Alli, his start has been triggered by a hamstring injury to the season for, but he has failed to impress when he has been played, disappointing in the Champions League against Olympiakos along with Bayern Munich and losing his England squad place in the process.
The goals continue to flow for Harry Kane – he has 11 at 12 appearances for club and country this season, with five in eight Premier League run-outs to get Spurs – but past these figures you will find indications Tottenham are not getting the most out of their star guy.
Kane is presently averaging shots every 90 minutes than he ever has in his own Tottenham career. Hes currently doing so without an abundance of chances, although he may be discovering the web.
The problem with that is when Kane does misfire – because he did in Brighton with a second-half chance that is definite – there are very few opportunities to compensate for it. Really, that attempt was his shot at goal within 90 minutes on Saturday.
Together with him, Heung-Min Son – who wasted a opportunity – and also Lucas Moura are still to hit the shape they showed for stretches past season.
The hope will be they will strike a series soon and, together with Watford up after, followed with a Champions League match with Red Star Belgrade, Spurs have chances to get back on track after the break.
But altering momentum and the mood isnt going to be an easy undertaking.