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10 touches LESS than the keeper - Where Spurs really went wrong

Roberto Soldado

As the post-mortem on Tottenham's recent defeat goes underway, there is one statistic that stands out above all else.

Dominated, controlled, destroyed... Any of these could be used by Tottenham fans when describing on how Liverpool tore their side apart.

In a game which saw Liverpool string nearly 150 more passes together than Spurs, and completely dominate chances and goals, I guess there is very little for positives Spurs could have took away from the game.

When Paulinho was given his marching orders in the second-half, the game was completely one-way traffic and Liverpool managed to get 3 more goals in the last 30 minutes to run out 5-0 winners away from home.

When a result like this happens, there should always be a post-mortem. Who wasn't doing their job for this to happen, and in this case who COULDN'T do their job for this to happen.

The most striking statistic to come out from the game is the ZERO shots on target for Spurs, nothing.. nil.. nada.

It all points to wasteful play by their number 9 Roberto Soldado but was that the case?

A look at the stats tells me that the player had 37 touches, which is incredibly low for a Premier League striker.

Although, he may not be a player that enjoys running around like a head-less chicken, you have to raise questions when the goalkeeper of the team has touched the ball TEN more times than your striker.

Soldado made more passes than Hugo Lloris, so at least he was efficient in this sense, but despite having 3 shots - didn't hit the target once.

Question marks have been raised over Soldado, who came over from Spain with a very good reputation for getting goals.

A hat-trick on Thursday seemed to be the confidence boost he needed to then go and done the same in the Premier League, unfortunately, that just wasn't the case.

Andre Villa-Boas took the brunt for the team's poor performance, but I don't know what you can say about a striker that has touched the ball less than your goalkeeper.

Was it down to poor midfield play, or just poor movement on Soldado's behalf? I can't quite decide.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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