Tottenham Hotspur were held to a goalless draw as they travelled to the Vitality Stadium to face AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
Spurs had the chance to go to the top of the table had they secured all three points against Bournemouth but instead they struggled to make an impact. However, their unbeaten run continues with four draws and five wins since the start of the season.
Should Lamela have been sent off?
Spurs were lucky to finish the game with 11 men on the pitch as winger Erik Lamela had put in two late tackles both deserved of a yellow card. The first tackle, which earned the Argentine a yellow, saw Lamela slide into Adam Smith with two feet from behind. The second on the other hand was a rash decision as Lamela looked to regain possession from Dan Gosling. As he made the tackle his trailing foot caught the defender bringing him down. With Bournemouth threatening Spurs throughout the game and neither team having full control of the midfield as both implemented a high press system, loosing the extra man could have been detrimental to Spurs.
Pochettino’s Plan B
Mauricio Pochettino has constantly come under criticism for his lack of a plan B when his team can’t get off the mark and he showed again today why that is. Throughout the game Spurs struggled in the final third as they failed to create any clear goal scoring opportunities and so had little end product. Despite this Pochettino failed to make any impacting substitutions to change the game. Instead like for like changes, such as Heung-Min Son for Vincent Janssen, were made. With Tottenham searching for a goal it made sense to keep Son on the pitch alongside Janssen, especially with Son providing the majority of Spur’s goals while Harry Kane has been out injured.
Having said this the Lilywhites have one less draw than they did at this point last season showing that Pochettino’s in game decisions have improved slightly. On top of this the nature of those said draws have changed. This season has seen Spurs come back from behind to secure at least a point while in the previous season Spurs were conceding to throw away two. While neither is ideal it does show that Pochettino is implementing ideas to change games and rescue points. On top of this, Spurs have experimented with different formations this season. Against Liverpool Spurs played with two strikers, while against Manchester City they tried a 4-1-4-1 formation.