By Danny Wright
Ossie Ardiles has admitted that Tottenham were not at their best in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday.
Heung-min Son’s second-half goal was enough to give Spurs the three points needed to move level with second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table, but it wasn’t as convincing a performance as many would have expected.
Spurs breezed past reigning European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday night by winning 3-1, but were frustrated by basement boys Palace, who have won just one of their 11 league games so far this season.
Tottenham icon Aridles believes that it was understandable though, considering the energy used to get the Champions League victory over Real, as well as a couple of injuries to first-team regulars.
Toby Alderweireld and captain Hugo Lloris missed the game after suffering setbacks against Madrid and Ardiles was impressed with the display of third-choice ‘keeper Paulo Gazzaniga who came in goals to replace the French international.
“Congratulations to Mauricio Pochettino and the boys,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning.
“Very important three points yesterday without being at our best. Understandable after Real plus injuries.
“Great debut for my compatriot Pablo [sic] Gazzaniga. Now a good recovery time for our wounded.”
Congratulations to MP and the boys @SpursOfficial. Very important 3 points yesterday without being at our best. Understandable after Real plus injuries. Great debut for my compatriot Pablo Gazzaniga. Now a good recovery time for our wounded. COYS
— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 6, 2017
Spurs now have a two-week break before a big game against North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates.
There are doubts over whether Alderweireld and Lloris could be fit enough to return to action by then, and to be without them would no doubt be a big blow.
However Pochettino seems now have a lot of strength in depth in his side so as long as none of his key players suffer blows on international duty, he could be looking to earn more bragging rights in the North London derby.
In other Tottenham news, Micky Hazard has delivered an emphatic verdict on the win against Palace.