Tottenham drew a second consecutive game in the Premier League as concerns about the team’s energy levels grew even higher.
After the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino also claimed that the lack of a recovery times played a major role in the team not performing at its best. The involvement in the Champions League – along with other cup competitions – mean that the manager has had to rotate in order to keep the team fresh. However, he has been unable to rotate in the best possible manner over the last few matches due to injuries to some key players like Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld.
The goalless draw against Bournemouth especially causes concern at White Hart Lane considering that it was the third consecutive draw for the team in all competitions. As expected, the team challenging for the title managed to control the game from start to finish with 58% possession. However, they were unable to get much in terms of opportunities after only managing three shots on target. Spurs have to pick themselves up quickly and focus on the next game against inform Liverpool in the League Cup. In this position of fixture congestion, Pochettino would actually not mind dropping out of the League Cup in order to concentrate on the Champions League and the league.
“Bournemouth pushed us a lot and we felt not fresh from the beginning of the game.Our start was a bit sloppy and you can feel the team wasn’t fresh. After 15 minutes we started to manage the game and it was under control.In the second half we were much better than Bournemouth and in the end you must score if you want to win the game. I am very pleased after playing Champions League in Leverkusen and before at West Brom, two very tough games, and to play a third game here, I am very pleased with the effort,” said Pochettino.