With Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of qualifying out of the Group Stage of this season’s Champions League competition now being extremely slim – albeit still possible – following the 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven yesterday evening, there are a number of thoughts on how manager Mauricio Pochettino should move forward when it comes to our priorities for 2018/19.
There are those in the fanbase that believe whilst still possible we should throw everything at it in the next match to better ensure all three points even if it means a weaker Premier League selection as we can always try and play catch up on the odd game if necessary.
Others think the campaign is cooked and now is the time to blood some players for the remaining ties with an eye to the future and adjust our true focus directly on the Premier League or the possibility of lifting other silverware.
BelgianSpur is in the latter camp.
At the very least, some honest words from MP after the game:
“I think it’s easy to judge the game. If you didn’t win following what happened then you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League. It was a situation where we needed to think a little bit, because in this type of game, at 2-1 you must kill the game. If not, the opponent is alive. If we need to blame someone it’s ourselves because with all the situations and the circumstances in the game you must win because I think we were much better than them. Chances of qualifying are nearly over. We’ll see what happens now in the game between Barcelona and Inter Milan but with only one point after three games, it will be so difficult.”
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I just wish he will actually translate that into future team selections for the rest of the CL group games. We had a go, we came up short. It’s not going to happen for us this year in the CL. Move on and refocus on objectives where we can be contenders.
It’s hard to disagree with the sentiment, we can throw everything at the Champions League now and have nothing to show for it maybe other than a slip-up or two domestically and having not strengthened over the summer, allied to not performing brilliantly even if we’ve been far from as poor as some criticisms levelled, we have to focus on what’s more achievable surely.
Nobody is saying throw the remaining CL games and look to lose or get battered but use the group more wisely.