5 Reasons to Dislike Spurs

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FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: GRADIENT ADDED – COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES – Image numbers (L) 904524422 and 900015442) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (L) and Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City meet in a Premier League match at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2018 in London. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 31: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City look on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on December 31, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

1.Spurs are a “dirty side”

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have not exactly been shy in dishing out some extreme tackles. Its not that they have always gone out of their way to hurt the opposition players but rather more its about being fired up before setting foot on the pitch and then just mis-timing the challenges. At various times in the last 4 seasons Tottenham have led the way in racking up most disciplinary points during games – this is despite the fact they seem to have got away without punishment for a series of shocking challenges against Manchester City. Dele Alli in particular has been a serial offender and quite how he has not been seriously chinned or sent off is astonishing. Its worth noting he is back in contention to play against City on Monday and likely to be returning to play hopelessly off the pace and fired up. In my mind rather than characterising Spurs as a free styling fluid footballing team, I consider they are just a faster Crystal Palace or Cardiff. Exercising brutal tackling to stop the opposition and escaping rightful punishment. Just watch at Wembley on Monday – we will face 23 disgraceful challenges all of which are waved away and receive a red card for a single solitary late tackle.

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