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Domestic decline or more at Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match with Manchester City on Aug 17, 2019.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match with Manchester City on Aug 17, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

Pochettino talks about an 'unsettled' group, but his attitude and selections are also issues

A blip or a slump? A one-off or the sign of a greater malaise? A club on the up or a team on the slide? Tottenham Hotspur are lending themselves to different conclusions by the game.

Two weeks ago, they took a surprise point at Manchester City. Eight days later, they were wretched in a shock defeat by Newcastle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2019, with the headline 'Domestic decline or more at Spurs?'. Print Edition | Subscribe