Connect with us

ARTICLES

Tottenham 0-1 Crystal Palace: 3 Things We Learned From The Unexpected Loss

Published

on

Was this the shock of this round of the FA Cup? Tottenham were the form team coming into the tie against Crystal Palace but it was the Eagles who took the win thanks to a strike from defender Martin Kelly at the stroke of half-time.

Tottenham though did all the running and were unlucky not to have scored when Dele Alli saw his header saved off the line and also saw his strike come off both posts. Tottenham didn’t start with Toby Alderweireld and decided to play Eric Dier in the heart of the defence with Kevin Wimmer.

toby alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld

That didn’t do very well for the team and they looked far from the side that had conceded only 20 goals in the league this season. Alan Pardew though will be extremely proud of his men as he dreams of taking Palace to the FA Cup final for the first time since 1990.

Tottenham though have to regroup themselves as they face Fiorentina in midweek in the Europa League. We look back at the game and provide the three things we learned:

No messing with the defence

It was a surprise to see Toby Alderweireld being left out of the starting XI but Pochettino might have thought of giving the Belgian a rest but playing Eric Dier in centre-back was a move that did not end too well for the team.

Dier had played the entire season in midfield and shifting him to his older position didn’t really help Spurs all that much. Tottenham should have won the game, but Palace took the one good chance they had and held on for well. Hopefully, Pochettino won’t have to make such changes anymore for the rest of the season.

Greater onus on the Europa League and Premier League

While the team didn’t really play all that different, they did give a lot of chances to the fringe players. Son and Bentaleb got starts while we already spoke about shifting Dier to the defence. Pochettino had to rotate the squad around to keep his team fresh.

Tottenham have to finish in the top four to guarantee a place in the Champions League which would have been the number one priority for Pochettino at the start of the season and the only other way of doing this is to win the Europa League. The FA Cup would have been great in the cabinet but the Champions League is a greater prize, maybe getting knocked out will help Tottenham in the long run.

Palace somehow survive a Tottenham barrage

Tottenham had more than 65% possession in the game and had a number of shots on goal but somehow they failed to score against a resolute defence. Alan Pardew surely drilled the defensive aspect into his men well but Tottenham should have scored at least once.

Spurs hit the bar, had a couple of great chances saved but the adage of a bit of luck needed to win the cup came true once again. Portsmouth did it well a few years ago to lift the cup and should have been knocked out by Manchester United, could this be that kind of season for Palace?

Spurs Transfer News

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Seamus Coleman of Everton battles for possession with Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 06, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Seamus Coleman of Everton battles for possession with Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 06, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
ARTICLES9 hours ago

Frank Lampard had a ‘change of heart’, Tottenham star no longer on Everton’s radar

Frank Lampard called off Everton’s pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks According to the Times (Subscription Required), Frank Lampard...

TURIN, ITALY - AUGUST 15: Weston McKennie of Juventus FC controls the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on August 15, 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) TURIN, ITALY - AUGUST 15: Weston McKennie of Juventus FC controls the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and US Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on August 15, 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
ARTICLES10 hours ago

Man United ‘decline’ to sign midfielder that Tottenham have ‘cooled’ their interest in

Transfer News: Manchester United decline to sign long-term Tottenham target Weston McKennie According to the Daily Telegraph (h/t the Express),...

Pape Matar Sarr in action for Tottenham Hotspur. (Image: @papematarsarr15 on Twitter) Pape Matar Sarr in action for Tottenham Hotspur. (Image: @papematarsarr15 on Twitter)
ARTICLES12 hours ago

Romano: Tottenham working on exit for three more players after Lo Celso and Ndombele departures

Fabrizio Romano: Tottenham Hotspur working to sell Pape Matar Sarr, Harry Winks and Bryan Gil Tottenham Hotspur are actively working...

Ruslan Malinovskyi unsettled at Atalanta. Ruslan Malinovskyi unsettled at Atalanta.
ARTICLES13 hours ago

“Something went wrong”- Tottenham target’s wife drops major transfer hint on social media

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur target Ruslan Malinovskyi’s wife drops major transfer hint Tottenham Hotspur are “strongly interested” in signing Atalanta...

Nicolo Zaniolo confronts Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur as Emerson Royal watches on. Nicolo Zaniolo confronts Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur as Emerson Royal watches on.
ARTICLES14 hours ago

Blow for Tottenham as 23-year-old star schedules contract talks with current club

Transfer News: Tottenham handed major blow in pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football....

Tottenham Hotspur officials unhappy with fringe players refusing to quit the club. Tottenham Hotspur officials unhappy with fringe players refusing to quit the club.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Tottenham midfielder arrives in Italian city for medical ahead of loan move

Tanguy Ndombele arrives in Napoli for medical According to Sky Sports, French International Tanguy Ndombele has arrived in Italy to...

Iyenoma Destiny Udogie of Italy in action during the 2022 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match against Sweden. Iyenoma Destiny Udogie of Italy in action during the 2022 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match against Sweden.
ARTICLES1 day ago

“He has to develop”- Conte says this summer signing is not a part of his “present” Tottenham plans

Antonio Conte says Destiny Udogie not a part of his current Tottenham Hotspur plans Speaking in his press conference today...

Antonio Conte on whether he expects to be on the touchline for Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolves. Antonio Conte on whether he expects to be on the touchline for Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolves.
ARTICLES1 day ago

“Another player has to come”- Conte admits Spurs could make more signings but on one condition

Antonio Conte admits Tottenham Hotspur could make more signings this summer but on one condition Antonio Conte has revealed that...

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of signing Ashley Phillips. Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of signing Ashley Phillips.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Tottenham set to beat Man United and Arsenal to 17-year-old Championship centre back

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of signing Ashley Phillips According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are...

Tottenham want Ruslan Malinovskyi of Ukraine and Atalanta. Tottenham want Ruslan Malinovskyi of Ukraine and Atalanta.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Tottenham overtake PL club in the race to sign 29-year-old star after £12.5 bid rejected

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur lead Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi According to Italian outlet Tutto...