Tottenham Hotspur's 3-0 loss against Liverpool before the international break can only strengthen Mauricio Pochettino's side, as with just three games played into the season it is still early stages for the north Londoners.
White Hart Lane was again in a good atmosphere at kick-off before Raheem Sterling put the Reds 1-0 up, eight minutes into the first-half. A Steven Gerrard penalty within four minutes after the interval was a game changer - Spurs went 2-0 down at home.
And, following a fast break, Alberto Moreno let Liverpool run out with three goals and a clean sheet.
Although Spurs always believed in their ability to come back from their deficit, it wasn't a particularly good half of football.
A lack of pace upfront with Cristian Eriksen and his peer Erik Lamela not at their best, and with Emmanuel Adebayor deciding to take a day off - doing nothing exciting in the opponent half - it left Pochettino's defence struggling with a Liverpool attack that wanted a reaction from their 3-1 loss against tittle holders Manchester City the previous week.
Younes Kaboul lost the ball too many times, which left Rodger's men to make the best of his mistakes and, with Danny Rose out of position on several occasions, it was too easy for new recruit Mario Balotelli to create a goal scoring opportunity; he could have opened the scoring within three minutes with a powerful header.
Time is the key
Spurs are still in the early days of trying adapt to Pochettino's philosophy that tends to demand a lot in training, but the players seem to enjoy their new life under the Argentinian. Having brought fresh faces by signing six new players this summer with the likes of Federico Fazio; Ben Davies; and French sensation Benjamin Stambouli, it will certainly be a promising season for Spurs as strengthening their defensive unit was a priority.
Although Balotelli wasted chances on Liverpool debut to increase the deficit, it was still positive for Tottenham - apart from not taking the points. It let Pochettino see his weak areas from the touch line that afternoon and that will , for sure, be something that he will fix-in training with his selected Premier League squad of 25.
Reviewing Pochettino's first three games with Spurs in the Premier League so far, they could have easily lost to West Ham in the opening weekend, and could have, perhaps, won against Liverpool with pace and accuracy. Spurs' 4-0 win against QPR at White Hart Lane is not questionable as brilliant football was played by the whole team and Lamela, beginning to prove himself at last, was unlucky not to score.
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