LLoris Injury Adds to Spurs Misery
Spurs fans are mostly falling into two camps right now. There is the ‘keep the faith’ brigade who feel that our current run of form is just a ‘blip’ and that we can turn things around from the very next game.
Then we have those who feel that this is the end of an era. The great team assembled by Mauricio Pochettino has had its day and we’re on the cusp of another few years in the wilderness. As for the writers of this blog – we’re undecided to an extent but we’re not exactly sitting on the fence either. Something is clearly not right at our club and that fact was underlined by the shocking display against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
A lot of the blame for Tottenham’s performance was laid on the horror injury to Hugo Lloris that led to Brighton’s first goal. The manager talked about an emotional impact that the team just couldn’t respond to and our opponents went on to take full advantage.
Is that a tangible excuse? It wasn’t pleasant to see but would professionals respond differently in a kind of ‘let’s do it for Hugo way’? Whatever your opinion might be, it was just abject viewing and no single player came out of the 3-0 defeat with a shred of credit.
It was a tough game, difficult.
Mauricio Pochettino said on the club’s official website.
First of all I want to say thank you to our fans for helping us and making the effort to stay here with us.
We know how they feel – very disappointed – and we share the same feelings. All I can say is thanks for their support.
Turning to the injury to Lloris, Pochettino added:
Then yes, it was disappointing. It was a massive impact, Hugo, and to concede after three minutes. That is a problem you cannot manage.
The International Break is rarely a welcome appearance on the calendar but it may just come at a good time for Tottenham Hotspur. Whether there are underlying reasons for these performances or it’s just a dreadful run of form, the few days will give us a certain amount of time to regroup and focus on what’s ahead.
Of course, many of our players will be in action over the next ten days or so as Euro 2020 qualifiers and other international matches take place. They may not, therefore, be rested but at least there is the chance of getting away from the club and refocusing the mind on domestic issues.
When we do return, Watford at home is the fixture that awaits – it’s a traditional Saturday 3pm kick off on October 19 and it could be pivotal. The Hornets are without a win and have taken just three points from their eight matches so far. Watford are, not surprisingly, bottom of the table and we simply have to dispatch them. Defeat is unthinkable along with the potential ramifications that it may have on the manager’s tenure.
It’s a bleak outlook but it is tough to be positive right now – we just hope for, rather than expect, a turnaround in fortunes when the team returns from international duty later this month.