Davinson Sanchez did alright given what he was up against, but he is not remotely a right-back. Kyle Walker-Peters is injured, but even if he wasn’t, he’s barely played any Premier League football. Juan Foyth is injured, but even if he wasn’t, he’s not a right back. Eric Dier is injured, but even if he wasn’t, he’s got the turning circle of a woolly mammoth and is not a right back.
Liverpool drop points away from home, Arsenal’s defending is schoolboy but Guendouzi is grown, speaking of Heung Min Son goes it alone, and is Higuain finally the heir to Diego Costa’s throne?
Elsewhere Rashford doesn’t let up, Morata and Atleti get stuck, Vinicius and Messi go nuts like macadamia and Giovinco’s ended up in sunny Saudi Arabia.
City Luiz their first game of the season as the kop and Klopp go top, Arsenal lose more defenders than Tommy Robinson but Torreira gets on his bike, Spurs take Leicester to the Dele and slice them up, and Manchester United win a game of football.
If you want to see where Spurs lost the title race, it was at the early point in the season where they didn’t even realize they were in one.
Whether they end up winning anything this season or not, Pochettino and the club’s recruitment network are in for a difficult summer.
Apologies in advance for harkening back to the days of Lennon and Bale, but on the right and left respectively they would beat the full-back and drive crosses across the six-yard box multiple times a game. None of Crouch, Defoe or Pavlyuchenko were anything more than decent Premier League strikers, but they scored frequently because good chances were created for them.
“Loss of face” can mean not only personal shame but shame on one’s family if an objective is not met. Asian players might be more reluctant to try their hand (or foot) in Europe if they feel that they might not succeed, or if the comforts of home outweigh the desire to dig deep and face a constant fight for a career.
Moussa Dembele has not made a through-ball since the 2012/13 season. Not one. That is mind-blowing. Disgraceful. Sad. So very Tottenham