Spurred to fail­ure?

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

There is no short­age of the­o­ries to ex­plain the re­cent run of poor re­sults that has turned Tot­ten­ham into also- rans in the Premier League ti­tle race. The dip in form of for­ward Dele Alli. The in­jury ab­sence of de­fender Toby Alder­weireld and mid­fielder Vic­tor Wanyama. The con­tin­ued is­sue of hav­ing to play “home” games at Wem­b­ley. Or should Tot­ten­ham man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino be look­ing closer to home? The slump has co­in­cided with the re­lease of Po­chet­tino’s book, Brave New World, which doc­u­ments his time in charge. The first ex­tracts de­tail pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions with a num­ber of key play­ers. Po­chet­tino has de­nied that his bond with his play­ers has been af­fected. What­ever the rea­son, Po­chet­tino needs the slide to stop quickly. Spurs slipped to sev­enth place, be­hind Burn­ley, af­ter los­ing 2- 1 at Le­ices­ter in the mid­week round.

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