Game 4: Watford v Spurs.
Three games into the season and Spurs have 9 points and a handy goal difference. The 3 points won at United (remember that?) means that we are ahead of the game against the other ‘top five’ clubs. To stay ahead of the game it’s important to keep our winning streak going and take care of business at Watford. A win for either team would put some daylight between them and the losers. A draw would see both clubs on 10 points …. good for Watford but not for us.
The fact that Spurs did not make use of the recent Transfer Window has been discussed at length on VS. But the reality is that, compared to last season, we now have a squad which includes Lamela, Toby, Winks, Rose, and Moura (who has now reached full fitness and has had time to adapt his game to the way his manager wants him to play). Wanyama is also somewhere in the background and we all know how useful he can be when he’s at his best. And Son, of course, will be returning shortly when, hopefully, he has avoided the possibility of a less than enjoyable period in the South Korean military! The inclusion of these players into the squad simply has to make our squad stronger throughout the current season despite a lack of players joining from elsewhere.
So, on Sunday, we head off to Watford who, like us, remain undefeated after three games. Watford’s three wins came against Brighton at home, Burnley away, and Palace at home …. all of which are quite solid results. After such a fine start to their season Watford are sure to be full of confidence and up for a tough contest against Spurs. But Spurs are certainly not short of confidence and will consider this to be a very winnable match.
Whether we will set up with three at the back or a backline of four is Pochettino’s decision to make. So far his decisions have been both sound and successful. Pochettino does not lack any confidence either and winning by three goals to nil away at Jose’s United would have been more than mildly satisfying for him.
With a game against Liverpool following our trip to Watford it will be interesting to see if the manager starts to rotate the squad in preparation for a long and demanding season. If Lamela is fit, will he be given some playing time? Will Winks be given an earlier start as he works toward being a fully operative member of the squad. Will Sanchez have a part to play? Again, it all depends on how Pochettino wants to set the team up and what he thinks about rotation.
With only three games played of this season’s journey, supporters have already been given one game that they will never forget …. and I’m not talking about Newcastle or Fulham! The signs are good, but there’s a long way to go.
Personally I can’t see Spurs losing this one. In the first three (away?) games the Spurs attack has scored 8 goals and the Spurs defence has conceded 2 goals. This suggests that the team is fairly well balanced and performing well. Given this I will have to go with another 0-3 score-line. Gotta love football!