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Tottenham top four ambitions marred by abysmal away form

Top four finish unlikely for Tottenham
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Spurs have suffered three defeats on the road, and are yet to win from their six trips in the English Premier League.

Tottenham managed to break the top four hegemony in the English Premier League. With their unlikely title challenges, they paved way for top-six.

However, the north London outfit is going through a phase in 2019/20 season as they struggle to finish off matches.

The Lilywhites have recorded five draws in their twelve league fixtures, the same as 18th placed Watford. Consequently, it should not come as a surprise they are 14th in the EPL points table.

A closer look at their results reveals glaring problems for Mauricio Pochettino.

Their form at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is better but not befitting their stature. There were three victories for Tottenham in their opening four matches at their new home last season.

They have managed a similar outlay but have failed to close out games. They were beaten at home by Newcastle, while both Watford and Sheffield United held them to 1-1 stalemates.

Last season’s UEFA Champions League runner-ups have managed a paltry 11 points from their 6 home games.

While Mauricio Pochettino needs to address his side’s form at home, their form on the road is worrisome.

The club have managed to take only three points from the available eighteen from their away fixtures. They have lost three and drawn an equal number.

Suffice to say, Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has registered dreadful home and away results. With the club registering only three wins from 12 league matches, a top-four finish does not look on the cards.

Moussa Sissoko admitted Champions League football next year looks unlikely for Tottenham’s. He attributed their poor home form to their slide but shared his optimism about turning the results around.

“Of course we are far, far behind the top four, but the season is long and we can still win a lot of games,” Sissoko commented.

“It will not be easy but we know we have the qualities to do it. When we come back [after the international break] we will try to catch the teams in front of us and see where we are at the end of the season.”

“We have to make our home a fortress. Normally we have to take most of the points at home against every team, but we have a bit of a problem with that.

“It is a shame for us because the fans are pushing us along with their support, but at the end, we don’t win.”

Spurs find themselves in this situation thanks to their inability to grind out results. Their performances on the pitch have stemmed from a dressing room full of unhappy players.

The club’s unwillingness to show any flexibility in outgoing transfers has resulted in an unsettled squad. The first team is rampant with players running down their contracts, something that began last year with Toby Alderweireld, and now includes Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.

Given the current state of affairs, it looks unlikely Tottenham will be able to turn around the season.

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