Analysis of the goal conceded against Panathinaikos (4/10)
Toche’s goal – Seitaridis latches on to a pass down the right – his touch is loose, but he gets away with it as no Spurs players are close to him. He gets his head up and plays the pass of the match – perfectly in behind Caulker, into the path of Toche, who has run off Dawson, and toe pokes beyond Lloris.
Giourkas Seitaridis controls the ball on the right – it’s not the easiest control but with no Spurs player close to him, he gets away with a less than perfect touch.
He instantly gets his head up, and notices Toche making an intelligent run – Dawson is not alive or not sharp enough to react to this movement, and it is already clear at this point that he will struggle to get goal-side.
The ball is perfectly weighted to drop behind Caulker – he thinks about stretching, but knows he won’t make it. It’s also not heavy enough to run to Lloris, who instead tries to narrow the angle for Toche.
Dawson tries to apply pressure at the last minute, and is actually in danger of giving away a penalty – perhaps that may have been the best option at this point?
It’s a neat finish from Toche – right into the corner – but could Lloris have come out a yard or two further? I think so.
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The ball through was class, no denying that. Caulker could do nothing, the pace of Daws was exposed... a reason AVB prefers Gallas. Lloris - maybe, I don't think Bad Brad could have got it either. It is all about the closing down from the start - we got sloppy and got punished
Whether by accident or design, this match vindicates most of AVB's selections in the PL, but I still think that Lloris is our number one GK.
I assume that Lloris stayed put because it looked as if Dawson would get there, otherwise I think he would have come further out for it.
Dawson had a better view than Caulker and bears the main responsibility for not reacting to the the danger.
Don't think bringing him down was an option because in the end his toe poke could have gone anywhere. In off the far post wasn't deliberate unless they practice that in training