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Football: Tottenham hit by perfect storm

Tottenham Hotspur's forward Harry Kane (in white) in action against Inter Milan, on Sept 18, 2018.
Tottenham Hotspur's forward Harry Kane (in white) in action against Inter Milan, on Sept 18, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Defensive failings, a depleted squad running on empty and misfiring Kane all spell trouble

A progressive manager is in danger of regressing. Mauricio Pochettino is in the worst run of his reign. For the first time since 2014, Tottenham have lost three consecutive games. They have not suffered four defeats in a row since 2004.

If plenty of Londoners deem a day out in Brighton a way to relax, for Tottenham it is an examination of their resolve, their powers of recovery and their much-praised manager alike.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2018, with the headline 'Spurs hit by perfect storm'. Print Edition | Subscribe