Tottenham crashed out of the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane against Arsenal, falling to a 2-1 defeat.

Mathieu Flamini opened the scoring in the first half before a Calum Chambers own goal levelled things up after the break. Flamini broke Spurs hearts with 15 minutes remaining, smashing in a volley to win it for the visitors.

Tottenham weren’t bad – in fact, they were the better team for large spells of the game. Federico Fazio, though, was dreadful at the back. It’s a shame Mauricio Pochettino didn’t start one of Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld next to Kevin Wimmer.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the result…



  1. Again poor team selection & tactics have cost us a cup game.
    A GK doesn’t suffer from being overplayed, so why wasn’t Lorris in goal? Carrol is a light weight in such company. Fazio wasn’t even in Poch’s plans 3 weeks ago, offered to West Brom at a cut price & hasn’t played, but was dropped in for a derby. Townsend is just a shadow of his formal self. Why wasn’t help brought on for Kane once we went behind? again he was left isolated upfront for too long.
    As for tactics, we play with no width but with tippy tippy football down the middle, that relies on such precision passing which we just can’t do. On the odd occasion we do get wide, Kane is isolated in the box and is easily marked.
    Yes we’ve tightened the defence, but by continuing to play slow & through the crowded middle without creativity will not allow us to score.
    We just haven’t got the players to open up organised defences.
    We only look dangerous on the break or a set play.
    Southampton played very much on the break when Poch was there. This is how they scored their goals. Their team played very narrow with no wingers, relying on overlapping fullbacks and players willing to run at pace all day. This is not happening at Spurs. Slow build up with no width makes the team very easy to defend against, as you only need to defend the width of the penalty box, which becomes very crowded.
    Until we change tactics we will be easy to keep at bay & tonight was a prime example of this.
    I also feel Poch does not understand what cup competitions mean to Spurs & he needs to get his head around this, or he will loose the backing of the supporters.
    Let’s be honest, top four is probably out if the question again this season, so success will only come in cup competitions & already we have thrown away one chance.

  2. I know lets play Fazio the guy we couldn’t
    Get rid of 3weeks ago..
    And put him at centre back against Arsenal in the cup!!.
    What the hell is that all about??
    Potts ain’t got a clue!!!!


  3. The better team won I feel. With a few more world beaters we could achieve something but I feel we should do better against a team fielding Flamini and Gibbs. Giroud is awful if they signed Benzema they would be dangerous I feel.

  4. Pochettino is an idiot and all this resting players is a load of bollocks.In 1961/2 season, before substitutes were in existence,and please don’t tell me that the game has changed since then,7 of our players were ever present.That was 42 league games,plus a successful defence of the FA Cup with replays,plus the European Cup.Also many of these players took part in the then home internationals.If a player cannot play twice a week,then he should look for a different profession.I am tired of driving on successive days to my office,so on the 3rd I shall get a chauffeur to take me.Do me a favour,so called men wrapped in cotton wool, more like little fairies.