Five things learned from Spurs' 1-0 loss to Man City - Kane, Eriksen, Lamela feature

Danny Rose Tottenham warmup

Tottenham stuttered to another home defeat, made all the more frustrating by the fact they had every right to feel like they did enough for a draw.

Christian Eriksen is looking tired

The Dane put in another ordinary performance for Tottenham, such a disappointment considering the impact the former Ajax star was having on games earlier in the year. Aside from his free kick which creeped past Tim Krul in the win over Newcastle recently, Eriksen hasn't scored since January, a run of 12 matches that has also yielded just one assist. He isn't the only Spurs player that is looking tired after a long season, but he is perhaps the most noticeable one, with Mauricio Pochettino removing him on the hour.

Spurs need capable back up for Harry Kane

It was another day where things didn't quite come off for Harry Kane. His usual determination was evident, and he had a few decent chances that on another afternoon would have been flying into the net, but it is games like this when Tottenham need another attacking player with genuine game-changing quality to come into proceedings. There is of course no suggestion that Kane should be replaced, but he is more than capable of playing off someone with real pace, something Spurs lacked in central areas against City. Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, unsurprisingly, were unable to add much to the Tottenham attack once they arrived from the bench.

Danny Rose may have been Tottenham's best defender this season

Though this may have been a crazy statement to make at the start of the season, the 24-year-old has really improved his game over the last few months. Rose and James Milner enjoyed a real battle on the touchline, with the former Leeds youngsters getting stuck in whenever the opportunity presented itself. The Spurs fullback was unable to get forward as much as he usually does, but he still provided some moments of quality from an attacking perspective, and with the rest of the Spurs defence continuing to look shaky several times a game, it is often Rose who is the player that emerges from the majority of games as both the best defender and one of the best offensive contributors.

Lamela remains a frustrating part of this Spurs jigsaw

No other player created more chances this weekend than the Argentine did against Manchester City, with the former Roma player also contributing with his defensive work on more than one occasion against last season's champions. But even though he put in a decent performance, there were still simple misplaced passes, and chances to shoot from 20-25 yards out that Lamela for some reason doesn't feel up to taking. The 23-year-old is still not making the most of his talent, that much is clear, and there have been far too few games, if any, where he has repeatedly made the difference for his club.

It may be time to draw a line through any Champions League prospects

Spurs, and Liverpool, have been flirting with the hope of sneaking into the top four for the last two months, and despite both City and Manchester United leaving the door open with fairly regular disappointing results of their own,  neither have managed to really capitalise. This was most likely Tottenham's last chance at gatecrashing the Champions League party, a win would have seen them four points behind United with some intriguing fixtures to come. They're now seven points off with a maximum of nine available, with Liverpool a win ahead of the North Londoners. Pochettino hasn't managed to get the club back to those four magic positions, and he should be grateful that Daniel Levy isn't as trigger happy as he has been in recent years, because for more than one former manager, fifth and under has meant an invitation to the exit door.

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