Toby Alderweireld has said the opposition often plays a part when it comes to Tottenham’s inconsistency in attack.
Spurs lacked a cutting edge in the final third against Arsenal on Sunday and often struggled to even get near the Gunners’ goal.
It wasn’t the first time the Londoners have failed to make the most of the squad’s wealth of talent up front this season, and Jose Mourinho has taken plenty of flack for his team’s failure to take the game to their opponents.
Despite looking better going forward in recent weeks, the derby was a painful reminder of Tottenham’s shortcomings.
But Alderweireld has attempted explained why it isn’t always easy to attack with consistent quality.
“If it was that easy I think everyone would play 100 per cent attacking football, so I think you have to give credit to them [Arsenal],” said the Belgian (via Sky Sports).
“In the games before we scored a lot of goals, played attacking football and pressed – that’s what we want to do.
“But sometimes because of the opponent or because of ourselves we don’t get to that stage we want.
“We want to attack, we have the players to attack but sometimes it’s the opponent as well.
“Of course we can improve, we know that. We can play a lot better. I think our best moments in the game were when we played with 10 men, so that says enough.
“I think we’re playing attacking football and we’re scoring a lot of goals, so we need to be consistent.
“We have to be back on the way we played before the Arsenal game and that’ll bring us success, for sure.”
Arsenal definitely did well to dominate long spells of the game and thwart Spurs’ offensive threat, but Mourinho’s men have put in similar performances far too often this season.
They have failed to fashion enough chances to beat much worse teams than Arsenal, so it’s difficult to take Alderweireld’s comments as anything but an excuse.
Of course, the centre-back isn’t to blame for Tottenham’s attacking failings – Mourinho must begin to find more solutions.