There was a crisis brewing at Tottenham, with Mauricio Pochettino offering thinly-coded complaints about the happiness of their squad and players wanting out. But then they went and won convincingly at home to Crystal Palace, and all is well with the world.
Well, sort of. Daniel Storey was there to see the 4-0 success, and he told the Totally Football Show on Monday what they did differently.
“It was a really important, easy win for Tottenham,” said Daniel. “They haven’t played well at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium really – they’ve been really sluggish and slow to start games, and teams like Newcastle have showed they can frustrate them.
“Tottenham played really well, and they played really well without Harry Kane playing well.”
Spurs were impressive, but how much of that was down to them and how much was thanks to their opponents playing badly?
“I think it came from the fact Crystal Palace saw what Newcastle did and tried the opposite. They basically tried to play really high up the pitch: Patrick van Aanholt pushed on, Willfried Zaha played on the right and really high up, which meant Danny Rose could surge on when he wanted to, Mamadou Sahko played for the first time in seven months and he was pretty wretched – they caught Palace on a good day, but it was an important win for Spurs.
“I described it as a ‘cobweb-blower’ – it felt like a necessary result, but not necessarily the immediate answer to all their prayers. They’ve got a big game this week: away at Olympiacos is probably then toughest [game they will play in their Champions League group.”
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