Flat as a witch’s proverbial.
These are not just the type of games that champions churn out, week after week, but that was the type of game that Pochettino imagines in his mind’s eye when he’s plotting his tactics with a bigger game in the near distance. Like the hedge-fund manager he truly is.
Thankfully Huddersfield obliged gracefully and followed the script to the letter. Mauricio genuinely believe that players are like computer game characters and if he doesn’t expend too much energy one game, then they will have reserves for the next. What remains to be seen here is if Poch can uphold his end of the bargain and now deliver a Champions League standard performance against Juventus.
I have my doubts – and over his methods generally and don’t have confidence in his ability to train the boys to the right level on a routine basis. All too often the players get a break or whatever and yet when they are next run out, they’ve left too much on the training pitches. The ‘sign to train’ business is all very admirable, but the primary factor in signing is to win.
Positives beyond the 3 points included Serge Aurier although they’ll be some pilchard somewhere beyond frustrated that he wasn’t more threatening in attack. Curiously the same complainants won’t have batted an eyelid over another mediocre Dele Alli showing. His ‘flick’ success ratio isn’t high enough. So he should be told to stop it. Poch won’t do that because he’s a coward. Which is a shame.
Sanchez appears to have shaken off whatever was distracting him and Vertonghen is a bit of a Rolls Royce when the mood takes her.
Mousa wasn’t at the races nor was Kane, who bar his stellar assist grove was unreliable, perhaps suffering from training acquired exhaustion.