Glenn Hoddle has told BT Sport that Tottenham Hotspur’s game management is a “massive concern” for Mauricio Pochettino after they let a two-goal lead slip for the second time this season against Olympiacos.
Spurs only managed to secure a point in Greece, despite taking a two-goal lead against Olympiacos. Harry Kane won and scored a penalty, before Lucas Moura lashed home an effort from 20 yards after a good pass from Ben Davies.
But in the second half, Olympiacos came roaring back and scored through Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena. At the start of the month, Kane and Christian Eriksen had scored to put Spurs 2-0 up on Arsenal. The result also finished 2-2.
Former England and Tottenham manager Hoddle believes game management is a real area of concern for Pochettino and has urged the Argentine boss to improve that going forward, believing that Spurs play too open at times.
“Their game management, after being 2-0 up against Arsenal and then 2-0 up today, that’s a concern for the manager,” Hoddle said. “They’ve got to find a way of getting through that period of time.
“If they don’t concede, they’ll win games. Don’t just keep playing open football, they need a plan. Hold on to what you’ve got and that is something Pochettino will have to work on.”
TBR’s view – A good point, or a worrying repeat of last season?
Tottenham managed just a point in their opening three Champions League group stage fixtures last term.Yes, they picked up seven from the next three – but is this the first sign that it is about to repeat itself?
Another concern for Pochettino will be a lack of creativity against a side that should have been beaten comfortably. Dominating possession, but slow, lacklustre and unable to do anything with it has since derived the term ‘Spursy’.
Yes, it is a point away from home, but Tottenham need to banish last season’s struggles in thr group stage and get some points on the board.