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Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side showed they can still be ‘Spursy’ with their performance against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, claims Jason Cundy. Tottenham were beaten 2-0 in their first Champions League away match of the season and Cundy singled out both Harry Kane and Richarlison after the match.
It appeared as if Spurs would continue their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions, with the match heading towards a goalless draw. However, Paulinho headed in from a corner in the 90th minute before Arthur sealed a 2-0 win for the hosts in stoppage time.
Tottenham are third in the Premier League table, with four wins and two draws from their opening six matches. Many have claimed Conte has removed the ‘Spursy’ tag but Cundy believes it is still there.
The former Tottenham defender told talkSPORT: “It wasn’t brilliant, but I don’t know how Spurs have lost that game. Trust me, I was delighted as soon as Spurs conceded because there was a little bit of Spursy-ness about that, there was.
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“You’ve had a good start to the season result-wise, but performance-wise? Unconvincing. I’ve never come away from a Spurs game and gone ‘wow, they’re going to cause problems.’
“You’ve stumbled and tripped to results. You’ve not been brilliant in a lot of games that I’ve seen, but you’ve managed to get results. That says something about the team.
“You should have got beat at Stamford Bridge but you drew. You should have drawn tonight, but you got beat.
“I don’t quite know how you’ve dropped points tonight because they weren’t great. They weren’t brilliant, they weren’t two goals better than Spurs.”
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Son Heung-min is still yet to score this season. Cundy does not think Richarlison is the answer to Spurs’ goalscoring problems and says there is too much responsibility on England captain Kane.
He added: “Spurs had half chances. Richarlison is unconvincing. I’m not convinced that he’s the man to get goals. He might have performances, but I’m not convinced that he’ll get goals.
“He’s not 15-20 goals a season man, he’s not. Tonight, we saw that. We saw that he’s not the man who will dig you out of a situation.
“Harry Kane is the man. He’s still the man. If Kane doesn’t score in games that are tight, where are the goals?”
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