New Delhi: London giants Tottenham Hotspur's 1-4 loss against Manchester City, at the Etihad stadium on Saturday marked another big defeat against top Premier League sides. With the loss Spurs have now conceded a whooping 15 goals against the Champions in the last three encounters.
Last season, Tottenham lost to City twice, badly. A 6-0 loss in Manchester in November was followed up with a 5-1 home defeat two months later. The English champions were all over the London outfit and that was seen even on Saturday. Their sole destructor was Sergio Aguero, who romped up all four goals on the day.
The overall scoreline for Spurs against City reads 15-2 in the last three matches. Even against Liverpool, Spurs have suffered badly. Against the Reds, Mauricio Pochettino's team had suffered a 3-0 loss earlier this season after suffering a 5-0 and 4-0 loss at home and away respectively last season. The overall scoreline here too reads 12-0.
What is interesting to see is that apart from the losses is that, 1) the emphatic scoreline in which the club is going down to big teams, 2) the lack of stability against top teams and 3) they aren't Champions League material.
Spurs had a poor transfer window this summer and the lack of top forwards are costing them badly. Roberto Soldado who was bought last season for a whooping 30m GBP from Valencia, has been a misfit in the attacking line. His poor form continued as he missed a penalty when the scoreline was 2-1 in Saturday's encounter before the first half. With Emmanuel Adebayor missing the game, Spurs are short of quality strikers.
This defeat will hurt Pochettino, as he is trying to crack the code in beating big teams which was evident throughout last year under his predecessors.