Glenn Hoddle has warned that Tottenham’s weekend clash with Arsenal has come at the ‘wrong time’ for the club, as he told Premier League Productions (19/09/21 at 7:10 pm).
The Spurs legend admitted that he is ‘concerned’ for his former club, heading into the Arsenal showdown, and what they do with and without the ball.
In what isn’t a good omen, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost back-to-back London derbies in the Premier League.
At first, Crystal Palace, managed by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, put three goals past them for their first win of the season.
And then Chelsea blitzed them over the weekend with a stunning second-half display, once again scoring three goals.
Hoddle made it clear that Spurs have to ‘raise themselves’ ahead of the North London derby.
“They go into the Arsenal game, this is a massive game for them, it really is,” said Hoddle. “For both clubs, in many ways, because Arsenal are just getting a little bit of form and points on the board.
“And Spurs are in this semi-rut. To go against Arsenal, in the North London derby, it’s probably come at the wrong time. They have to raise themselves.
“I am just concerned when they have got the ball and without the ball, both times, they don’t look to know what they are doing. They don’t know where everybody should be.
“I don’t see a system within a system. It’s all a little bit off-the-cuff if I am honest.”
In between all of that, Spurs have the chance to lift the mood in the camp, both their team morale and individual players form.
Nuno will travel down to his old stomping ground on Wednesday night when, for the second time this season, Spurs take on Wolves, this time in the League Cup.
Progression to the next round, goals for Harry Kane and a clean sheet would be the near-perfect evening for the club.
But getting knocked out, Kane not scoring again and producing another abject performance will turn the mood even more toxic and that’s the last thing Nuno needs heading into the derby.