First day of the season and following a strangely timed pre-season money making venture to Germany an early kick off against Van Gaals’ title contenders (as some pundits will insist). It’s the stuff of nightmares to many and I was not overly confident I must say. Even when I saw the team That did nothing to allay any fears I may have had going into this game.
The first five minutes did not help either as we sat deep and could not get out of our own area. Kane looked isolated and the midfield looked nervous. However, Manchester United did not threaten in that opening spell and we started to settle dow. Eriksen got hold of the ball and should have opened the scoring as we gradually took complete control of the game. Then a moment of madness from Nabil Bentaleb allowed United a break that resulted in the opening goal. How ‘Tottenham’ is the fact that united take the lead without a shot on target? Walker (who overall was solid) was very unfortunate to get the touch wrong after getting back so well to stop Rooney scoring a certain opener.
Then our squads deficiencies showed as instead of getting back at them we allowed United the belief that they would go on and win easily as we looked devoid of creativity for the remainder of the first half. 1-0 down at half time and unfortunate to be so but could we turn it round? The second half was a dull affair really as United dominated possession but seemed devoid of creativity themselves. Perhaps it was the hot day or simply just opening day nerves but we did not really create anything but on the other hand, our defence played very well in thwarting anything that United had to offer. The last five minutes or so following a spate of substitutions showed us a good light as well as we tried in vain to get the equaliser.
Overall I felt we created the better chances of the game and were a tad unlucky to come away with nothing. However, having said that it is obvious to everyone that we need new options. We cannot rely on Harry Kane and so attacking options are a must before the end of the Transfer window. Hopefully in the next week or so. Defensively it does look as though we not concede as many as last season with Alderwiereld looking composed and Walker showing signs that he may have overcome his injury problems.. Dier impressed me in the Defensive Midfield role as well. I don’t think he put a foot wrong.
Add some attacking options and a creative midfielder and we will cope quite well this season. It’s hard to see the top 6 or 7 of the league being contested by anyone other than the usual contenders and ifindeed our defence is more solid this season we are halfway to the improvements we need.
Not the stuff of nightmares then (apart from poor old Nabil) and we can take a good deal of encouragement from that performance.Why not register (It's free) and join in our discussions during the 2016/17 season
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