Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm has suggested the team lacked focus against Leicester City.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm told the club’s website yesterday that the side needs to stay focused until the closing moments in key games.
He was frustrated by his team’s, and his own, inability to concentrate and defend hard into the closing seconds of the FA Cup match against Leicester City, which saw the team exit the competition at the hands of the Foxes.
His comments suggest that Tottenham haven’t learnt from a similar problem earlier in the season.
Gary Neville was extremely critical of Tottenham after the 2-1 home defeat against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
It’s something they appeared to be addressing with a series of wins, which were based around late goals such as when Harry Kane scored against Aston Villa.
It’s a real concern for the side because the stakes simply get higher from this point onwards.
Tottenham are under pressure in the Premier League and Europa League to try and secure Champions League football while the League Cup represents arguably their best chance of silverware this season.
If they fail to concentrate throughout key games in those remaining competitions, the risk is that the side will be back at square one in the summer and facing the same challenges, as was the case last summer.
They can address the need for focus defensively late in games with the manager constantly stressing it.
Players like Vorm also need to have their say and the key leaders in Tottenham’s team need to ensure that the side is fully prepared and mentally aware when the team is under pressure either defending a lead or chasing a game.
The FA Cup exit is a blow because it represented a realistic chance of silverware for the team. However, there’s plenty left to fight for.