Tottenham players were largely quiet after Sunday’s 2-1 reverse at home to Newcastle United and it was left to club captain Younes Kaboul to break the silence ahead of tomorrow’s League Cup tie with Brighton.
In the absence of the usual platitudes about bouncing back, the centre half’s comments on the club’s official website are actually well worth reading.
“We need to make our task easier on the pitch by trying to kill the game as early as we can,” Kaboul said.
“Like Sunday, if we manage to score the second goal the game is over for sure. But we have to kill the game and avoid chances against us.
“We’ve no choice but to go forward now. When you get criticism, you have to face it. Every single one of us has to look forward and fight for the team and the club and that’s what we are going to do.”
That type of killer instinct has been seen in the cup competitions, most notably against Asteras last Thursday while the team also woke up after going a goal behind to Forest in the previous round. However, while Spurs seem unable to take the midweek lessons and learn from them in the league, you have to ask whether our involvement in the Capital One Cup and Europa League is really worth it.