Mauricio Pochettino will be left feeling frustrated this morning after his side suffered a third 2-2 draw for a third consecutive away game, especially after throwing away a lead in stoppage time through some modest marking at corner.
While draws at Anfield and against Juventus in Turin were commendable if not exceptional given the circumstances, being held to an FA Cup replay against League One’s relegation-threatened Rochdale was anything but – not least because Tottenham Hotspur now have another difficult fixture to contend with during a testing period of their season.
Nonetheless, there were positives to take from the Fifth Round clash, chiefly the form of January signing Lucas Moura upon his first start for the north London club. That appears to be the view of Spurs fans anyway – when we asked them to give individual performance ratings for those involved in Sunday’s game, it was the 36-cap Brazilian who received the highest average of 7.6 out of ten.
And looking at the statistics, it’s not hard to see why Moura stood out in a difficult afternoon for the Lilywhites. In addition to finishing off a fine passing move with a classy finish for Tottenham’s equaliser, the former PSG man completed eight dribbles, drew two fouls and incredibly for a player who measures in at just 5 foot 8, also won five aerial duels.
However, it was by no means a perfect performance from the South American, and one that might leave Tottenham fans asking questions about what kind of attacker the club have bought. Although Moura showed his speed, trickery and goal threat, he also failed to create a single chance, didn’t even attempt to put any crosses into the box despite Fernando Llorente’s proven prowess in the air, and completed only 69% of his passes.
As much as Moura impressed, Pochettino will hope the more supportive aspects of his game improve as he gets up to full match fitness.