What was the worst part of Tottenham’s defeat at Anfield today?
That there was no single reason for it, and that it was really symptomatic of where the team is as a whole.
Individual errors may have effected the scoreline, but it was the apathy with which the visiting players took their defeat that will be the lingering memory of this afternoon.
When fans are humiliated they invariably react angrily, and they also tend to direct their ire in one particular direction. Spurs fans won’t be able to do that this week because they really won’t know which way to turn - the uncomfortable truth for them is that their football club is riddled with issues, and today was the on-pitch manifestation of those many, many problems.
Defeats are part of football and being a supporter requires tolerance and a certain durability, but losses are only bearable when a side has done everything it can to avoid defeat. Beaten by a better side? Fine. Frustrated by a brilliant goalkeeping performance? Fine. Done over by a referee? Annoying but fine.
But beaten by yourself? Not fine at all.
Ranting has a cathartic quality, and so Tim Sherwood and a few individual players will likely be singled out for special ‘treatment’ this week, but once that temporary fury subsides every Tottenham fan will have to acknowledge the same reality: the playing side of this club is diseased and a large chunk of it needs to be cut-out and thrown-away over the Summer.
The problem isn’t Sherwood, the problem isn’t his tactics or his training, and the problem isn’t even the suspect attitude of players like Jan Vertonghen who are preoccupied with plotting end-of-season transfers - no, it’s everything in combination and Spurs are a perfect storm of ineptitude, apathy, and lack of heart.
This is a rotten, rotten team with no direction, no purpose and not even any tangible desire - they are, collectively, a middle-finger to those who pay to watch them.
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