Date: 7th October 2018 at 4:46pm
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Spurs Should Have Scored More Goals.

Sometimes when you’re watching a game of such poorly quality, its easy to lose track of these things.

The xG (Expected Goals*) for this game was very high = 3.59.

In fact it hasn’t been anywhere approaching that high since we beat Girona 4-1 in the summer. *Here’s a decent explanation of how that’s calculated from the BBC.

Lucas Moura Was A Bit Rubbish 

Lucas Moura failed – as he has done rather all too consistently – bar the Manchester United game, to take his chances.

The Brazilian took 5 shots, of which just 2 were on target.

Harry Winks Was Superb

A 93% passing accuracy set him to the top of the class.

More please.

Kieran Tripper Was A Mixed Bag

The Bury boy made more passes in the attacking third than any other Spurs player, and his accuracy was only mildly less than Winksy’s.

Trippier’s corners still suck however; only 2 out of the 5 he took were successful.

Additionally, he took 12 crosses and only 3 worked.

However Kieran won the ball back 7 times, only Eric Dier was better, recovering it 8 times.

Davinson Sanchez Was Pretty Immense Again

11 attempted and 11 successful clearances.

4 attempted and 4 successful headed clearances.

20 times he recovered the ball!

Losing The Ball Was An Issue

Rose and Trippier were the worst offenders.

Wonder boy Sanchez was lurking inelegantly in 4th place in this particular discipline.

Conclusion

Cardiff were very poor.

Add to this the injury problem and Spurs’ lack of quality becomes magnified.

Eriksen is missed and whilst so is Dele, we are still staring at a football team that is down to its bare bones.

Beyond the absentees, Son, Moura and Sissoko don’t do much – and many of the ones that do quite a bit (Rose, Trippier and Dier)  – don’t achieve very much.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • East Stand October 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

    The BBC hype machine around Liverpool and City shows no sign on abating, even after the bore draw at Anfield they are scratching around for excuses as to why this wasn’t a 5-3 win for Liverpool and put it down to being a ‘high stakes’ game.

    The fact is that last season Klopp’s tactics of pressing and quick counters at pace was dealt with by City much better and they weren’t pressed into giving the ball away as much. It’s that simple.

    Spurs beat the supposed ‘2nd best team in the world’ according to the BBC 4-1 at Wembley last season and without much bother. We could easily have won at Anfield and even during our off colour defeat to them at home this season we were terrible and Liverpool weren’t great deal better, just not as bad. Had Vorm not gifted them their 1st goal it could have been different game altogether, we nearly knocked draw anyway.

    The BBC go on about how Klopp has City ‘sussed out’ and that he would do to City what Dortmund did to Bayern in Germany but it didn’t look like that yesterday. Neither team produced what the hype is based around.

    Where does that leave us? A club in crisis that sit only two points behind the two mega spending aforementioned North West giants? Even Cheatski have snuck in under the radar into 2nd on equal points with a brand new manager, that obviously doesn’t fit the BBC Salford narrative either.

    The top 4 will be much more open this season and so might the title race too but right now the BBC are guilty of fairly moronic bias towards the clubs in the North West, Manure are in a mess otherwise it’d be them too…

    We will improve.

    • MrChickenHead October 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Fukin hope so, I like your positivity a lot.

  • Finn October 8, 2018 at 5:29 am

    This cartoon really does nail it for me; there are a few truths that we are glossing over that the teams around us are not having to, but rather than being honest about the shortcomings and looking at real potential risk, we instead clutch at straws in an attempt to make ourselves feel better.

    Our squad is too thin, as a result we are seeing loss of form and/or fitness. We tell ourselves we are up there in the mix, but the truth we are ignoring is that we are there primarily because we are “getting away with it”.

    “Getting away with it” is getting across the thin ice, getting to cover before it rains so hard it soaks you, just making the train…… but all of these events are a just the result of poor forward planning and once again, there’s the rub.

    It does not take a genius to compare our squad with the squads of those we are competing with, to project fatigue, player age, depth of cover, development of new players, potential for injury etc. and evaluate accordingly. But Levy tries to “get away with it”, he always tries to “get away with it”: I can even forgive him the stadium, but the deficiencies in the squad and the team – that’s inexcusable.

    A squad is not something with a fixed value, it is dynamic: a continual work in progress. All the excuses delivered from the Comforting Lies booth are the result of and consequential to, not consolidating the work of the past few years.

    Pretty much anyone on the street will tell you (and at the end of the last window most did) that our failure to strengthen was a gamble, a risk, a blind hope that we would be able to “get away with it”. Trouble is, we’ve come to rely on “getting away with it” as a strategy – that’s like betting farm each week: as some point reality will bite.

    As things stand, we are not a good bet to proceed from the CL group stage and will likely end up in the Ropey.

    Given this and the strength of our top 5 opponents we are going to find it very difficult to qualify for the CL next season. We will have a squad badly needing an upgrade and possibly several top level replacements.

    Assume that we should have added 2-3 “A grade” players to the squad – we will now be looking at a need to add at least 4 “A Grade” players plus a few high potential squad players. But we pay less that the “A Grade” average wage and we will probably not have CL football on offer.

    That’s why there is no queue at the other booth.

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Are you shitting me?? Another international break!? I can’t go on….

  • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Also we (and England, though he should pull out of squad this week) should stop trying to play Kane as a false9. Hes not at his best when he does it to often.

  • San Diego Spurs October 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    HH,

    The handy graphic above that illustrates the relative weight of each player on the pitch shows Son as having done not much at all. Do we know if Lamela is also injured, or just a cramp against Barca?

    The squad is down to bare bones, with a very arduous list of fixtures on the way. We look poorer to my eye than at any point in several years. In fact, at the Barca match I found myself asking how long ago it was that we had the best defense in the league.

    Beyond that, I can’t remember another time 8 games into the season that 1st and 5th were separated by less than 3 points. It makes the match we dropped to Watford all the more infuriating.

    • East Stand October 7, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      A time for a little perspective?

      The hype over Liverpool and now Woolwich is fairly laughable when we are considered to be teetering on the brink and in crisis.

      We are two points off top spot and on the same points as Woolwich who’ve been playing chiefly bottom half sides during their little run.

      Liverpool already look overhyped

      We are missing 4 key players and are yet to get into top gear so you’d expect some improvement from here.

      • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 12:05 am

        Should be perception and reality using poch words.
        At the moment we’ve equal best points haul after all the levy shenanigans which is great.
        We will hit some form with the players we have.
        Liverpool, Chelsea and arse will have bad spells.
        Thankfully the only other issue that could crop up is Reals form and if they ditch Lopetegui . Poch may do a runner.

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

      The incoming games will be unforgiving, that’s for certain. Returning players will not have the usual few games to find their stride again.

  • dilly October 7, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Our next 2 games are biggees:
    Spammers (away) (their cup final!) surprisingly not televised and
    Citeh at home.

    • East Stand October 7, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Yep, two very tough games. Not only is it the Spam’s cup final, they actually have some very good players at the moment. I’d take 4 points from those two games now.

      • dilly October 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

        +1

        • MrChickenHead October 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm

          4+1= 5

      • Tappaspur October 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

        Sadly I’d take 3

      • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 12:07 am

        6 points, players have a point to prove performance and result needed.
        But could do with Kane taking next week and a bit off.

  • East Stand October 7, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Nice new stadium, no signings.

    I’m confused by this…

    • dilly October 7, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Lets see what January brings!!

      • MrChickenHead October 7, 2018 at 10:56 pm

        Who do they buy though.
        I see Ross Barkley is doing well at this newish club 🙄
        James Maddison is also doing well🐤🍟
        Nobody’s talking Ryan Sessengon🤐
        Jackie G is doing nothing🙈🙉🙊

    • Tappaspur October 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      New stadium starting to look less and less like a toilet seat. The added glass in the middle (rounded off oblong shaped) really helps. When the big cockerel is added and the light emitting diodes start doing their thing “toilet seat” will not spring to Mind

  • Tappaspur October 7, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Levys busy stashing away the money for when lewis sells us to him. He must have £300m saved so far! Levy aint going anywhere for decades!

    • dilly October 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Until the “project” collapses!!

  • Harry Hotspur October 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    mattspurs

    For once I actually though Poch should take most of the blame for the performance. The shamble of the front 4 in which Sissoko was consistently playing in front of Kane was simply idiotic. Kane is a fantastic player but watching yesterday was like watching Rooney in his last two seasons at United and for England – utter dross. Trippier was forced into doing his best Kyle Walker impression – dithering and overplaying on the wing as the prospect of crossing to the lone Moura in the box fairly unsparing.
    Somehow despite being fairly rubbish all season we find ourselves two points off the top with probably our best PL points haul ever for the first quarter of the season.

    How is Poch to blame – he doesn’t have anyone else to play!

    • Ronan October 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Levy would say I bought you a perfectly good N’koudou and you also have the pick of an entire academy of contemporary hairstyles.

    • dilly October 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      HH surely any of our most talented starlets are better than £29M total misfit Sissoko who scores nought and contributes very little? Apart from than that he ain’t too bad!!

      • dilly October 7, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        *Apart from that

      • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 7:14 am

        Sissoko is now adding a distinct comedy value to games – another player to leave Spurs in need of counselling 😌

    • East Stand October 7, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Dis, innit…

  • mattspurs October 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    For once I actually though Poch should take most of the blame for the performance. The shamble of the front 4 in which Sissoko was consistently playing in front of Kane was simply idiotic. Kane is a fantastic player but watching yesterday was like watching Rooney in his last two seasons at United and for England – utter dross. Trippier was forced into doing his best Kyle Walker impression – dithering and overplaying on the wing as the prospect of crossing to the lone Moura in the box fairly unsparing.
    Somehow despite being fairly rubbish all season we find ourselves two points off the top with probably our best PL points haul ever for the first quarter of the season.

  • Limerick AL. October 7, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Botch. ‘Spurs must improve to challenge for the Title ‘. This guy is a MORON.

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Hahahaahaha!!

      What’s worse he’s taking us for morons.

    • Andrew October 7, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      To improve means buying two or three top quality players. Poch knows this, we all know this but enic don’t care. Enic are in the property business now, they have forgotten that we are a football club first.

    • Harry Hotspur October 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      He’s reading it off of cards.

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Can’t even put a pen in. Knobs

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Av anuvva go…

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm

        It said pen again on this thing….silly site.

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Every “big” match is the same *rassberry*
    I knew thered be f all goals in Pool v City, it was sold as a goal fest and shock horror it ain’t.

    Millions and millions of pound of so called attacking talent and the plebs can’t muster a goal between em. Pathetic.

  • dilly October 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Bring on Shaquiri. How much did he cost Liverpool?

    • dilly October 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Omitting Alexander- Arnold was an odd Klopp decision?

  • dilly October 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Currently 0-0, listening to the dull first half encounter on the radio with both sides cancelling each other out it’s the one match that Citeh are seemingly missing the individual brilliance of KDB.

    • baz October 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      It’s pretty dull, I took time out to watch a Tesla dancing car.

      • dilly October 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Guardiola’s game plan not to lose will naturally settle for a point.

        • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm

          So much for the king of entertainment.

  • Meeee October 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    It starting to look like if we are lucky we will be playing Thursday next year

    • Aussie in Switzerland October 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Do a Chelsea, finish 10th, miss Europe entirely, and give the old Soros loving cunt in the Bahamas a reason to not buy any players again….

      • exile October 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm

        In such a scenario which i concede quite likely, if the speculators decided they were unable to invest in squad due to straightened circumstances they would find it impossible to shift his 40,000 season tickets

        • dilly October 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm

          Which could hasten ENICS exit?!

          • exile October 7, 2018 at 7:09 pm

            I fear not. Levy reckoned the club was worth £2 billion. For reference Utd are valued at £3.25 billion on share price quotation. I assume the club is now lumbered with the debt of buying the stadium so the vendor would have to pick that up so I don’t think we are that attractive.
            Worst rumour I ever heard was that Lewis would sell but only if Levy remained chairman. God forbid

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 7, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      I’d rather miss out altogether. Europa at the new loo will be horrid.