Tottenham lost 5-0 to Liverpool at home, with Paulinho seeing red for a high challenge on Luis Suarez. Not surprisingly the five facts aren't particularly positive...
Tottenham's humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool was their worst home loss in years, and flies in the face of those thinking Spurs could challenge for the title. It was also a match that will reignite the speculation about Andre Villas-Boas' keeping his job. Below are five talking points:
This was further evidence that Tottenham didn't spend their £100 million wisely
A team that had £100 million to strengthen their squad shouldn't be playing a midfielder in defence and a right-back at left-back. With record signing Erik Lamela remaining on the bench while the clubs strongest left-back is out on loan to a Championship, the gaps in the squad were glaring. Do player transfers come with receipts?
How many shots on target!?
None I'm afraid. Tottenham didn't manage to test goalkeeper Simon Mignolet once, all the more baffling considering he was the visiting goalkeeper. It wasn't just Roberto Soldado's fault, every player failed offensively today, with almost no attacking threat at all. To make matters worse, this was the first time Spurs failed to test the keeper since Opta statistics began, some 17 years ago. It was that bad a performance.
For such a "powerful" midfield, Spurs tend to get shown up repeatedly against their top-four rivals
This wasn't the first time that, coming into the match, all the talk was of Tottenham's powerful midfield dominating the opposition. The fact Steven Gerrard was missing only made it seem even more likely. Once again though, it was the Spurs midfield that got completely overrun, losing the ball, failing to use it well, and failing to impress themselves on the Liverpool midfield five. There needs to be a radical rethink of how to put this Tottenham midfield together, whoever is in charge in the future.
Suarez gave Soldado a lesson in how to play the lone striker role
The determination displayed by the Uruguayan, as well as the goal threat and skill he displayed in linking with his midfield, was of stark contrast to Roberto Soldado, who once again looked isolated for Tottenham. It may be unfair to compare the two players, but when you consider that the Spaniard cost more than Suarez, and came with a more proven record, it only highlights the problems with the former Valencia man.
Was this the game that cost AVB his job?
He may argue that Spurs were unlucky, he may say it was just "one of those days," but Andre Villas-Boas oversaw another toothless home defeat, and it was another test against one of the top teams that they wholly failed. Tottenham were terrible with 11 men, terrible with 10, and the fact they got played off the park without having a single shot on target may just be the ammunition to shoot Villas-Boas down. Any of the gentle headway they gained from the decent results away to Fulham and Sunderland have been dismissed and brought down to a new low. Top four contenders just don't lose 5-0 at home with no-one getting away with it.
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