Connect with us

ARTICLES

Why A Cup Campaign Could Be A Mixed Blessing For Tottenham

Published

on

The FA Cup has a long history of creating magic and tension by pitting particular teams against each other, and Tottenham Hotspur’s third round clash with Leicester City is upholding this great tradition.

The 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane encapsulated the drama and controversy for which the cup is famous, as the Premier League’s second and fourth-placed teams did battle in front of a packed stadium.

It looked like Spurs were going to compound Leicester’s recent frustrations by beating them when Christian Eriksen pounced on the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel parried Nacer Chadli’s shot and gave Pochettino’s men the lead in the eighth minute.

But the flowing football that had led to the goal gave way to some poor set-piece defending and we really should have done more to prevent Marcin Wasilewski equalising with a free header from a Leicester corner.

The Foxes then set about demonstrating just why they are no flash in the pan as they fly high in the Premier League table this season. Even without the likes of star players Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Claudio Ranieri’s men pieced together a string of dangerous attacks, and it was little surprise when substitute Shinji Okazaki wriggled his way through our defence and beat Michel Vorm at the second time of asking.

The FA Cup betting at sites like Bet365 made Spurs 3/4 to beat Leicester inside 90 minutes, but those odds looked generous right up to the moment when Nathan Dyer was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, and Harry Kane stepped up to tuck away the ensuing spot-kick.

Kane’s clinical finish booked Spurs a third round replay at the King Power Stadium. Runs of games between the same two sides seem to have a nostalgic feel to them, harking back to the days of the 1960s and 1970s, when seemingly endless cup replays would clog up the fixture list – not that anyone complained back then as much as managers seem to now!

The question of whether Pochettino would rather beat Leicester in the Premier League or advance beyond them in the FA Cup is a fascinating one. His pre-match comments before the 2-2 draw suggested he was only too aware of our past success in the cup, and he understands what it would mean to the fans to bring that coveted old trophy back to the Lane.

But if it is Leicester who advance to the fourth round at our expense, should we really be too concerned? Their season has faltered lately, and they are without a win since beating Everton before Christmas. If they embark on a lengthy cup run, it is going to test their squad to the limits, and potentially cause them to slip up in the league, giving Spurs a chance to capitalise.

Given the choice, a place in the Premier League’s top four has to be the priority for Tottenham, given the riches on offer to clubs who qualify for the Champions League. That said, the strength of our squad compared to Ranieri’s might just mean we trump Leicester on both fronts.

Spurs Transfer News

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Franck Kessie of FC Barcelona looks on during the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on August 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Franck Kessie of FC Barcelona looks on during the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on August 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
ARTICLES53 seconds ago

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur well placed to sign 25-year-old Barcelona player

Tottenham Hotspur well placed to sign FC Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie According to Diario AS (h/t Football London), Tottenham Hotspur...

Brazil international Richarlison returns to Tottenham Hotspur training. Brazil international Richarlison returns to Tottenham Hotspur training.
ARTICLES12 hours ago

“They are building”- Pundit believes Richarlison could leave Tottenham if a huge offer arrives

Real Madrid target Richarlison could leave Tottenham Hotspur if a huge offer arrives – pundit Former Tottenham Hotspur and England...

Denzel Dumfries is joined by Alessandro Bastoni at the top of Tottenham's transfer shortlist. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images) Denzel Dumfries is joined by Alessandro Bastoni at the top of Tottenham's transfer shortlist. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
ARTICLES21 hours ago

“Ideal player”- Tottenham urged to seal “brilliant” Holland star as upgrade on Emerson Royal

Spurs News: Tottenham Hotspur told to sign Denzel Dumfries as Emerson Royal upgrade Former Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Paul...

Ecuador's Piero Hincapie at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP via Getty Images) Ecuador's Piero Hincapie at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES22 hours ago

Transfer News: Arsenal and Tottenham locked in a race for Ecuador international

Arsenal in transfer race with Tottenham Hotspur for the signing of Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie Tottenham Hotspur and North...

Jonathan David of Lille has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in the past. Jonathan David of Lille has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in the past.
ARTICLES23 hours ago

Romano gives sobering update on Tottenham Hotspur’s links with Jonathan David

Tottenham Hotspur have held no discussions yet with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Jonathan David LOSC Lille are yet...

Leipzig's French midfielder Christopher Nkunku (L) and Leipzig's French defender Mohamed Simakan celebrate after winning the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leizpig, eastern Germany, on November 9, 2022. - DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images) Leipzig's French midfielder Christopher Nkunku (L) and Leipzig's French defender Mohamed Simakan celebrate after winning the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leizpig, eastern Germany, on November 9, 2022. - DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES1 day ago

Tottenham’s summer transfer target renews contract with RB Leipzig

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham target Mohamed Simakan renews RB Leipzig contract Tottenham Hotspur targeted a move for RB Leipzig’s Mohamed...

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from Chelsea for Denzel Dumfries. Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from Chelsea for Denzel Dumfries.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Serie A side place £50m price tag on 26-year-old Tottenham transfer target

Inter Milan name price tag for Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Denzel Dumfries Tottenham Hotspur could have to shell out 50million...

Sporting Lisbon's Pedro Porro reacts after missing a chance against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League group stage match at N17 (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images) Sporting Lisbon's Pedro Porro reacts after missing a chance against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League group stage match at N17 (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES2 days ago

Transfer News: Tottenham and Barcelona among four giants chasing Spanish full-back

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham and Barcelona among teams chasing Sporting CP right-back Pedro Porro Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and...

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Franck Kessie of FC Barcelona looks on during the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on August 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Franck Kessie of FC Barcelona looks on during the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on August 24, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
ARTICLES2 days ago

Tottenham linked with a move for midfielder who joined Barcelona this summer

Tottenham linked Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie but face Fulham and Aston Villa battle Franck Kessie has been linked with a...

Richarlison celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Ghana. Richarlison celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Ghana.
ARTICLES2 days ago

Tottenham star Richarlison takes to Instagram to celebrate Brazil’s win vs South Korea

Richarlison reacts after Brazil’s impressive 4-1 win against South Korea Tottenham Hotspur star Richarlison has reacted on Instagram after Brazil’s...