Tottenham Hotspur’s disappointing 2019/20 season continued on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino might have been hoping that the international break served to reignite his players after a run of two wins in 10 matches.
But no. It took a controversial equaliser from Dele Alli in the 86th minute to save them the embarrassment of handing Watford their first Premier League win of the season.
Spurs were exceptionally lucky. Jan Vertonghen should have conceded a penalty in the first half, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores thought Harry Kane committed a foul in the build-up to Alli’s goal and the England midfielder could have been penalised for a handball just before he scored.
It was a slice of luck that Tottenham needed but it wasn’t enough to prevent #pochout trending on Twitter afterwards.
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Tottenham’s first full season in their new stadium wasn’t supposed to be like this.
And the fans are beginning to lose their cool.
'My club Tottenham Hotspur died'
Indeed, one appeared on BBC 5 Live Sport on Saturday evening to announce that his club had “died”.
“Saturday the 19th of October 2019,” the fan started. “My club Tottenham Hotspur died.”
“They were just devoid. They were just devoid of any ideas.
“It was just like watching Sunday pub football mate. Do you know what I mean/“
Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton then intervened.
“Yeah but your club’s not died,” he said.
“You’re seventh in the Premier League table. You haven’t had a great start to the season.
“A few months ago you were in the Champions League final.
“You’ve not died, you’ve just had a blip.”
The fan replied: “Well it feels like it mate!
“I mean, I think we need some emergency resuscitation.
“Honestly, because at the end of the day it just looks like the players are not playing for him.”
The fan continued: “I blame the players. I blame the players.
“Because at the end of the day, you can’t say because we’re going through this period that it’s the manager’s fault.
“Yes, he has made some decisions that I don’t agree with.
“I don’t think he should have played [Serge] Aurier today. I don’t think he should have taken Lucas Moura off because I thought he was one of the best players on the pitch in the first half.
“But at the end of the day, managers - you can’t crucify them for making these decisions.
“At the end of the day, I think it’s the players.
“They’re just not playing for him. No passion, no desire. Just - it’s like they didn’t have any idea, like they’ve never met each other.
“They weren’t trying. To be fair, we should have lost that game today. That was never a goal.”
He may have been dramatic with the claim that Spurs have died - try telling that to Bury fans - but the frustration is clear, and very understandable.News Now - Sport News