Even Tottenham U21 did better against League Two Colchester than Tottenham

Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur U21 - Leasing.com Trophy

It seems as though Tottenham are the butt of every joke right now.

Perhaps the only thing saving them from utter humiliation is Manchester United, who are also hoovering up plenty of flack as they burrow deeper and deeper into their 'banter era.'

But Spurs are never too far away from a negative headline after surrendering a 2-0 lead at Olympiacos, folding 7-2 against Bayern Munich and losing 3-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion.

However, arguably their most humiliating defeat came in the Carabao Cup when their chances of ending their trophy drought narrowed at League Two Colchester United.

Despite making 10 changes from their preceding Premier League tie, Mauricio Pochettino's men should have been able to dispatch a team just a few places above non-league football.

Tottenham's 2019/20 struggles

But this is 2019/20 Tottenham we're talking about and they allowed the game to devolve into the lottery of a penalty shootout, staggering to full-time with a goalless draw.

Misses from Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen ensured that Tottenham were defeated from 12 yards, sparking delirious celebrations around the JobServe Community Stadium.

That was two weeks ago, though, surely the pain has quelled? Well, that's not strictly true because the prospect of calamity was teed up in the Leasing.com trophy on Tuesday night.

Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Carabao Cup Third Round

Tottenham U21>Tottenham?

That's because the Tottenham U21 side made the trip to Colchester, too, and while the League Two outfit were much-changed from last time, they weren't willing to go down without a fight.

Colchester took the lead through a Malachi Fagan-Walcott own goal, but penalties were the order of the night once again after Tashan Oakley-Boothe drew level for Spurs late on.

And much to the internet's amusement, Tottenham U21 did what their first-team couldn't: beat Colchester on penalties.

The Spurs admin must have known from the moment they tweeted the result that a bombardment of mocking comments were going to rain in and that's exactly what happened.

It's inevitably led to people making the joke that Tottenham are so bad this season that even their U21 team is better than them and therefore, they're now north London's third best team. 

Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur U21 - Leasing.com Trophy

Sure, it's not the most seamless comparison in the world, but enough to make embarrassingly reasonable contrasts about a Tottenham team crumbling at the foundations.

If nothing else, their youngsters have shown themselves to have greater strength under pressure.

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