Inside Lane: Why do Spurs keep making the same mistakes?
Tottenham blogger David Lee is feeling a sense of deja vu, with the late collapse against Stoke being combined with a lack of signings in key positions after the season has already begun.
One week. That’s all it took. Seven days into the season and that gut-wrenching feeling was well and truly back in the pit of my stomach.
With Christian Eriksen zipping the ball around, Harry Kane passing like Glenn Hoddle and Nacer Chadli once again appearing in the right place at the right time, everything felt oh so comfortable against Stoke.
But one petulant foul later and our lead reduced to a solitary goal and White Hart Lane suddenly became consumed with the fear that Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment was supposed to eradicate.
And we all know the rest. A devilish cross met by the slightest of touches from Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf, followed by the horrible realisation that we had just surrendered a seemingly unassailable lead.
And as muffled boos met the full-time whistle, it made you wonder, why do Tottenham keep making the same mistakes?
After last season’s 2-1 home loss to our apparent new bogey team from the Potteries, Pochettino called for a “mentality change”. The atmosphere was sour that day, and with that result falling within a run of three league defeats in four, it was perhaps no surprise.
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But nearly a year on, can we really say there has been a significant change in our mental fortitude?
The victories against Chelsea and Arsenal earlier this year were amazing, truly unforgettable moments. Since then, I’m not convinced our boss has improved the ruthlessness of this side.
Yes, it has taken time to strip the deadwood and cart the spare parts off to sunny Spain and gloomy Sunderland. But surely now, over a year into Mauricio’s reign, the team should be showing the resilience we all expected?
The truth is, once Stoke levelled the game on Saturday there was only one team that looked like winning the game, and it wasn’t the side that had a nonchalant winger leading the line for a team looking to qualify for the Champions League.
The same lack of backbone that has hampered Spurs in recent years was blindingly obvious in those painful last 12 minutes. Same old Tottenham.
And yet again, we find ourselves nervously looking at our calendars, watching the transfer window clock tick down as we wait for the few signings we need.
A £20million bid for Saido Berahino should have been made long before the club was jetting off for cash-spinning trips around the globe. We could all see that central midfield also needed bolstering and yet we still find ourselves waiting.
It may not seem like it, but I believe in Pochettino and this club. But if we continue to show the same susceptibility to caving in on the pitch and mindless brinkmanship off it with player recruitment, then I fear the natives may begin to become restless.
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