No one is more aware of these failings than the players.They keep saying this talented team has to convert potential into silverware. So why haven't they?The affable manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has done a fine job in North London to make Spurs top-three regulars. But now in his fifth season in charge, he has yet to prove he can be a ruthless winner in the mould of a Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho or indeed Jurgen Klopp, who once beat Bayern Munich to two Bundesliga titles while at Borussia Dortmund.
Pochettino has come up short in the Champions League, in particular. The top teams find a way to win. Spurs have made a habit of finding a way to lose, as they did against Juventus at Wembley last season having drawn the first leg 2-2 in Turin.Tottenham just cannot seem to close the show. Is it because Pochettino lacks a winning mentality or has it become a psychological barrier for his players? Nobody can really come up with an answer.
But it's not just coincidence or bad luck. Teams have a DNA and, like it or not, this group always have it in them to squander good positions.
The club's failure to make a single signing in the summer and the slightly embarrassing delay to the opening of the plush new stadium only adds to the air of frustration hanging around White Hart Lane.
Yet this is a team with a goal machine in Harry Kane, a posse of top defenders, the pace of the reborn Lucas Moura and the craft of Christian Eriksen.
Right-back Kieran Trippier was a revelation at the World Cup (he can be forgiven his defensive mistake against City on Monday night) and Ben Davies or Danny Rose are perfectly acceptable options on the left. But is there enough effective cover in this squad, compared to Manchester City or Chelsea? No.
Even goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has become an issue. The captain has been a wonderful servant but is going through a strange period on (and off) the pitch. Even his World Cup win with France featured a terrible howler in the final. For Spurs, he has been erratic of late, the red card at PSV costing the team a desperately needed win. Lloris is an intelligent and articulate ambassador for the club, but you have to worry that his drink-driving conviction has affected him more than he might have imagined. It may be time for Spurs to spend on a more reliable keeper.
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