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Why Mauricio Pochettino cannot shoulder all the blame for Tottenham’s poor start to the season

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Tottenham’s players have to step up and start performing to save the season

The 7-2 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich was a result that not many would have expected after the early exchanges.

Tottenham started the game brightly and after Son Heung-min scored, we should have controlled the game better. We had more chances than Bayern but two glorious finishes sent us trailing and reeling at half-time.

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Tottenham players celebrate the win over Southampton

Of course, we should have done better in the second half and there is a lot of pressure on Mauricio Pochettino to get things back on track. This is essentially the same group of players that took us to the Champions League final, but we just aren’t doing enough on the pitch.

Stars have to start performing

Tottenham have professionals with hundreds of games under their belts. Some poor results are acceptable but our inability to hold onto leads cannot be blamed on Pochettino alone.

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Our defending has been shocking at times, with our centre-backs failing to do enough to keep the attackers out.

The full-back positions are problematic, with both Danny Rose and Serge Aurier wanting to leave in the summer (h/t Guardian).

We aren’t willing to hand Ben Davies a start while Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth have been out with injuries.

Christian Eriksen

The midfield hasn’t been able to control games either, even after landing Ligue 1’s Tanguy Ndombele.

However, the bigger problem has been in the attack. Christian Eriksen hasn’t gotten going this season at all but the same could be said about the others too.

Harry Kane has five goals in the Premier League but there hasn’t been a lot of support for the English forward. Erik Lamela had a great start to the season with Lucas Moura but the pair is yet to kick on. Son Heung-min missed some games at the start of the campaign and is slowly getting back to his best.

Every forward step we take this season has been followed by a major step back. The 10-man win over Southampton should have been a turning point for us, but Bayern pegged us back.

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Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring against Tottenham

Pochettino spoke about different agendas in the dressing room which are affecting results, but that should not be an excuse for the players. They are seasoned professionals and if they are harping for a move away, they need to pull up their socks and perform.

The transfer window won’t open until January and that gives them a couple of months to show their best to possible suitors.

Several players are in the final year of their contracts, and a part of the blame falls on the club for having this situation.

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However, the players are the ones who are out on the pitch and need to sort things out before the season spirals towards a disaster.

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Transfer news: Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Tottenham superstar

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Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season, and Real Madrid seem interested in the Dane.

The midfielder spoke about his desire to play for Los Galacticos before the start of the season but remained at Tottenham. Real seem keen on the 27-year-old but varying reports highlight what their plans are for the Dane.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup

El Desmarque (h/t BBC) claim that Real will offer Isco and Mariano Diaz in hopes of landing Eriksen.

Isco has struggled for regular game time this season and seems to have lost some form, but he is still one of the best in the league. While Diaz could provide some cover for Harry Kane and hasn’t featured for the Spanish giants this season.

That would be a decent deal for Spurs given that Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season. However, AS (h/t BBC) reports that Real have to sell some fringe players before moving for the Dane.

Getting a swap deal done would be great for Spurs

Tottenham might not get a lot of money from Eriksen’s January sale given that he is a free agent soon.

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Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer

A swap deal would be great, however, the players might take time to adjust to our plans.

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It will be interesting to see what happens to the Dane, however, we don’t have all the negotiating power given that Eriksen can leave for free at the end of the season.

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Good news as Tottenham are uninterested in sacking Pochettino despite poor start to the season

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Tottenham are unwilling to sack Mauricio Pochettino despite poor start to season

Mauricio Pochettino has seen Tottenham struggle this season in all competitions. We have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and have just one point from the opening two Champions League group games.

Our Premier League campaign has been below par and we needed a late Dele Alli goal to salvage a point against Watford at the weekend.

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Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The Argentine acknowledged that he is under pressure and hinted that he could lose his job too (h/t Express):

“If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football.”

However, the Express claims that Tottenham have no desire to fire the Argentine after he improved the side.

Pochettino has made us regulars in the Champions League and we reached the final of the competition last campaign. Spurs also handed the manager a five-year deal in 2018 and he is one of the best in the game too.

The right decision for now by Spurs

Sacking Poch now makes no sense given the amount of work he has done with the club and turning us into a quality side.

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Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw against Watford

This is his first set of poor results since Pochettino’s arrival, and he has the ability to turn things around. Some of our stars can leave for free in the summer while others have missed parts of the season due to injury.

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It will be interesting to see how we perform in the coming weeks, with trips to Anfield and Goodison awaiting us.

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Tottenham could see summer signing against Red Star after two months absence due to injury

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Giovani Lo Celso could feature against Red Star Belgrade

Tottenham could see the return of Giovani Lo Celso against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports.

The summer signing made a few substitute appearances this season before a hip injury took him out of the side.

The 23-year-old hasn’t played since the previous international break, but his return could be timely for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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Giovani Lo Celso is yet to start for Tottenham since joining in the summer

Tottenham have one point from their opening two Champions League games and have to beat Red Star to kick-start their campaign.

Spurs have looked off-colour this season but Lo Celso’s return could get the team going again. The 23-year-old was impressive for Real Betis last campaign and is seen as a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen (h/t Sky Sports).

The youngster scored 14 goals and provided 5 assists for Betis last season and even played in the Copa America for Argentina.

Sessegnon not close to making debut

The other summer signing yet to start for us, Ryan Sessegnon, is still not ready for his debut (h/t Sky Sports).

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Ryan Sessegnon hasn’t played for Tottenham since joining from Fulham

The former Fulham star injured his hamstring for England’s youth team and might need a run in the U23s before getting first-team action (h/t Sky Sports).

A further delay will be frustrating for Sessegnon, who was one of the most talented players in the Championship.

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His time with Fulham in the Premier League didn’t go too well, with the Cottagers getting relegated. Hopefully, he recovers from his problem soon and we get to see him in action.

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“We’ve been working hard” – Tottenham star laughs off claims that players are being trained too much

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Harry Kane laughs off speculation that Tottenham’s stars are being trained too hard

Tottenham face a must-win game against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday. Spurs have just one point from their opening two group games, and things haven’t been that great for us in the Premier League either.

We fought hard to draw against Watford on Saturday after coming back from a goal down but Harry Kane was in a positive state of mind ahead of the midweek clash.

The Englishman wanted the team to stick together and believed that a win over Red Star could kick-start the season.

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Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford

The England captain was also asked if the players were being trained a little too hard, but Kane just laughed off the matter (h/t Football.london):

“(Laughs) There’s going to be speculation when things aren’t going well. We’ve been working hard since the manager came here and it would be wrong for us to do more or less than we’ve always done.”

The forward added that this was the “toughest time” for him at the club but claimed this was just a part of the journey:

“It’s just another challenge though. The road to success will always have bumps and this is just one of them.”

Kane needs to fire against Red Star

The English forward is one of the best in the world but needs to do better in front of goal.

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Harry Kane celebrates after scoring for Spurs

Kane didn’t score in the previous game and it will be interesting to see how he does against the Serbians.

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The 25-year-old hasn’t scored in the last two games for us, but that could change if he starts on Tuesday.

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