We always opine that the true gauge of a team is how good they are in adversity.
And Tottenham aren’t always the best in this area. Of course they were up against the champions elect on their own patch on Wednesday. But it was so disappointing to see such a poor reaction to conceding the first goal, after an encouraging first 15-20 minutes.
Even at 2-0 a top team should be full of beans in the knowledge that a solitary goal will put the opposition on the back foot as they try to preserve their slender advantage.
But players like Erik Lamela just didn’t look up for it once Tottenham fell behind. This needs to change.
Thankfully Tottenham are back at home this weekend and up against a Crystal Palace side that they should beat well.
It’s all about the early goal of course. If Spurs can strike early they will enjoy themselves. But a stubborn Palace defence could leave players and fans on edge.
That said, we feel that this is a Tottenham win all day long – especially after the Chelsea result.
The injury list is clearing up considerably with Rose, Capoue, Adebayor and Townsend all in contention again. Even Kyle Walker is only a couple of weeks away from a return. With pacey full backs Tottenham may resort to two up top. But, until Walker is back then a 4-2-3-1 will ensure that Tottenham have quality out wide.
With tricky games against Swansea and Newcastle, Tottenham need the points desperately. We would like to see Kane keep his place and Pochettino use the width of the pitch.