Ahead of kick-off in Brighton, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said it wasvery important to move on from the midweek 7-2 humiliation at home to Bayern Munich. Butinstead, Spurs 3-0 defeat the south east coast has just served to deepen their problems.
Rather than moving forward, this is a Tottenham team stuck with problems throughout the pitch undermining of using past seasons run to the Champions League as a springboard into the new chapter Pochettino has spoken about.
As theoles rang out around the Amex Stadium, with Brighton – a group that had not won at home since March – passing the ball around the conquered blue tops of Tottenham with a confidence earned in their dominant screen, it was tempting to wonder in which Spurs go from here.
There is an worldwide break which will render Pochettino stewing over what has gone wrong but might give a refresh for those players who journey out on international duty.
But Tottenham have.
On the pitch, the Tottenhams defence, midfield and attack are failing to meet the standards theyve set for themselves in years past whilst contract problems with all Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have created a feeling of uncertainty about where the team is headed.
Pochettino has clarified his team sinceunsettled and, following the humbling League Cup defeat at Colchester, said the January transfer window could bea fantastic chance to fix this scenario. However, following 17 defeats in 2019, its challenging to find a solution to their current problems.
A record, which has witnessed Spurs win just three of the last 18 away games across all contests, coupled with the leads against Olympiakos Arsenal, Leicester and also Bayern this season, has witnessed Pochettino question the mentality of his team.
The pressing that was intense game which characterised the design of Pochettino has dropped off, with the unwanted looking weary and lacklustre .
The brand new, hard-fought comeback win over Southampton with 10 men appeared to be a turning point. A nightmare week has followed with Tottenham issues.
The defence, that had the best record in the Premier League at the two seasons between 2015 and 2017 of tottenham, saw its standing slide and after shipping 10 goals in the two games that were past, looks badly out of forms.
There have been only two clean sheets this year – in the home to Crystal Palace and in the jolt shootout defeat at Colchester – and Spurs are facing around a very long spell without first-choice goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris once he dislocated his knee after his costly early mistake at Brighton.
Alderweireld and vertonghen – out of contract – have looked insecure, although positions associated with the brilliant drama of Pochettinos predominate, in the full-back, Spurs previous strength looks something of a weakness.
In 2017/18, Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier generated more chances in the Premier League than every other defenders. Last year, Trippier – even though all the criticisms of the work that was defensive – just trailed Evertons Lucas Digne along with also Liverpools Andrew Robertson at the metric.
This time, although Robertsons team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold strategies 30 opportunities no more Tottenham full-back has reached double figures.
On the left, with new signing Ryan Sessegnon outside injured, Davies and Danny Rose – a participant who was expected to depart Spurs in the summer – have been below the level.
In right-back, Pochettino has had to appear as an alternate to the Serge Aurier, who had been suspended for the trip to Brighton on the rear of his screen against Bayern Munich.
Tanguy Ndombele and giovanni Lo Celso were assumed to Tottenhams wanting central midfield but that plan has been stalled by harm to the inconsistent and former form from the latter.
Pochettino looking for balance, alternating the form and staff has been left by that.
Harry Winks, playing as a deep-lying playmaker, has needed better defensive aid around him than Ndombele or even Sissoko have provided – especially when a bead was utilized – while at Brighton the coming Eric Dier has been a shadow of the damaging defensive midfielder he has shown he can be in the past.
Further forward, chief creator Eriksen is making fewer key passes per 90 minutes when hes at any moment in his Tottenham career, although Erik Lamela has made only 1 goal contribution in his past nine appearances, scoring Spurs fourth in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
As for Dele Alli, his beginning has been hampered by a hamstring injury to the year, but he has failed to impress if he has been played, disappointing in the Champions League against Olympiakos and Bayern Munich and losing his England squad place in the procedure.
The goals continue to stream for Harry Kane – he has 11 in 12 appearances for club and country this year, with five Premier League run-outs for Spurs – but past these figures you will find signs Tottenham arent getting the maximum out of the star guy.
Kane is now averaging fewer shots per 90 minutes than he has in his own Tottenham livelihood. Hes doing this without an abundance of chances, although he might be finding the internet.
The problem with this is when Kane will misfire – as he did in Brighton – there are few chances to make up for it. Indeed, that attempt was that his shot at goal in 90 minutes on Saturday.
Together with him, Heung-Min Son – who wasted a great chance – and also Lucas Moura are to hit the kind they showed last season.
The hope will be a scoring streak will be hit by them shortly and, together with bottom-of-the-league Watford up next, followed by a Champions League game with Red Star Belgrade, Spurs have opportunities to get back on track after the international break.
But changing momentum and the mood isnt likely to be a simple job.