Tottenham Hotspur did their best this evening to go toe-to-toe with Barcelona in the Champions League. However, the La Liga giants proved to have too much overall quality and picked up a 4-2 win.
It was a game which painfully highlighted the major issue at Tottenham Hotspur. The fact is they needed to sign players this summer and failed to do so.
Tottenham worked tirelessly and the players on show did their best to pick up the result against a classy Barcelona team. However, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are not exactly of the standard necessary and whilst Harry Winks has shown flashes of ability, he remains young and on the mend from an ankle injury.
Of course, Tottenham were beset by injuries. But this is why they needed to bring in players during the summer. Central midfield is clearly an area they needed to improve. Bar Manchester City, every other team at the top end of the Premier League did. Manchester United signed Fred, Liverpool signed Naby Keita, Chelsea signed Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s inability to improve the first-team squad depth at Tottenham looks likely to cost them the Champions League this season, after two defeats in their opening two games.
Until Mauricio Pochettino is given the necessary investment it is hard to see how much further he can take this team. As it is, Tottenham look like they have gone backward a season, rather than forward.