Match Review – Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

CEkw_yEWEAA0YA7Tottenham Hotspur came away in pieces from the Britannia Stadium as they confirmed their Champions League dreams were to disappear for another season.

On a particularly windy day in Stoke, Mauricio Pochettino’s side displayed yet another lack-lustre performance to show that the season has reached its conclusion for the North Londoners.

Tottenham were up against some familiar faces, with the travelling fans engaging in loud cheers for former Champions League hero Peter Crouch. The reception was less pleasing for Charlie Adam, a recurring and unwelcome fixture within Spurs folklore.

But it was Adam who had the last laugh, as he put the Potters ahead on the 21st minute. Spurs’ shambles of a defence led to them conceding early once again, a regular occurrence this campaign.

And if by magic (or rather Spurs luck), Stoke doubled their lead just 12 minutes later. A mix-up at the back led to Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier colliding, with the ball landing at the feet of N’Zonzi, who fired home.

CEkmHJlWIAIpveSFans on social media were becoming increasingly convinced that this shocking display was a desperate attempt to avoid the Europa League next season, a sentiment that was hard to disagree with.

It seemed Spurs were not the only side attempting this, with Ronald Koeman’s Southampton showing the same lack of enthusiasm for the Europa League at the King Power Stadium.

Neither side was without chances throughout the half. Arnautovic continued to test Lloris, whilst Ryan Mason fired an effort wide of the post just before the half-time whistle. Stoke entered the break 2-0 ahead.

A pitch invader at the end of the interval made more of an impact than the Spurs team had throughout the entire first half, and this continued into the second spell.

Vlad Chiriches was sent off after 51 minutes, after receiving a second yellow card for a poor challenge on Diouf.

The afternoon grew dimmer and dimmer for Tottenham fans. The emergence of Roberto Soldado was hardly enough to inspire confidence, whilst Hugo Lloris was lucky not to give a chance away to Walters after dropping the ball inside his own area.

Stoke scored the final goal of the game with 5 minutes remaining. Diouf made it 3-0, as he right-footed the ball into the net at the near post. Stoke concluded a resounding win over a desperate Tottenham Hotspur, and matched their record of 50 points from last season.

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2 thoughts on “Match Review – Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

  1. PluckySpur says:

    I have the feeling that this was the final test for Lamela, and I don’t think that he passed. With that said, I think it was important for Poch to give Lamela the start – especially before the end of the window.

    I was really frustrated by Vertongen’s mental errors throughout the match. He was very lucky to not get a penalty, and he played the left footer like he was right footed. By using his right front forward and as his pivot, Verts could not quickly shift his weight to his left and use it as a pivot. If he would have, he could have closed off the strikers best option.

    I hope an even swap Lamela for Llorente, and add Berahino and Wanyama.

    I think Dier will make a good DM, but Wanyama will be great training for Dier, Mason, and Bentaleb.

    With regards to Dier, I really like that he is big, good with the ball, keeps his head up, fast enough to get forward, and puts himself in places to score. I feel that his main area for improvement is that he defends like a CB. He is lays off more when he needs to stick to his mark a little more – that should come in time.

    With both Clinton and Saido with the others already here, Lamela will be the odd man out. I do think that he could help Juventus. Clinton and Saido are good competition for Chadli, Pritchard, and Townsend.

    Llorente would be a closer like for like for Harry, but I could see them both up front in a 4-4-2 diamond.

    As positives, Dembele is looking great, and if he had Eriksen/Clinton/Sado/Deli/Pritchard to play off of, we would have won.

    I thought that Mason looked great, and I could see he and Bentaleb playing beside Dier or Wanyama.

    If would could make those changes before the end of the window, I believe Poch would have enough options to get us in the C/L

    COYS!!
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  2. PluckySpur says:

    How the heck did this happen? I was commenting on the Spurs Leicester match, and when I hit enter, it posted to this match –

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