Glenn Hoddle
Football Expert & Columnist

Glenn Hoddle calls Tottenham 'predictable' after Man City mauling

Andre Villas-Boas: Must regroup his side, says Hoddle

Tottenham shipped six goals at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon - but Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle says the Londoners' lack of potency in front of goal is as much of a concern.

Sergio Aguero (2), Jesus Navas (2), Alvaro Negredo and an own goal from Sandro downed Andre Villas-Boas' men at Manchester City, leaving the White Hart Lane side in ninth place, eight points shy of bitter rivals and table toppers Arsenal.

However, Hoddle believes Tottenham are too timid in attack, having gone three games without netting in the top flight and registered just nine goals in their 12 league matches so far this term.

"Spurs are under pressure - though not to win the Premier League as they are clearly not ready for that."

Glenn Hoddle

And the ex-Lilywhites player and manager says he will be intrigued to see how Spurs rebound from their mauling in Manchester with a home encounter against David Moyes' Manchester United next up domestically.

"There was a lack of communication and pressurising of the ball from Spurs, but City can do in the final third what Tottenham can't," Hoddle said after watching the goal-laden game in the Sky Sports studio.

"Tottenham are too slow, too predictable and lacking a creator but the spirit will have to be looked at as well as they are under pressure - though not to win the Premier League as they are clearly not ready for that."

Meanwhile, Hoddle's fellow pundit Graeme Souness - who made just one UEFA Cup appearance during a two-year stint with Tottenham in the early 1970s - questioned the guile of Tottenham's Brazilian central-midfield pair Sando and Paulinho.

Nothing

The Scot also feels Villas-Boas' charges - who finished fifth in the Premier League last season - need to play a more intoxicating style of football in order to propel themselves up the table.

But the former Liverpool midfielder reserved praise for City striker Negredo, who has now scored six goals in his last five games for the Blues, including a hat-trick against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

AVB left deflated

"If you go through all the stats they are quite equal, so for City to win 6-0 shows you some of the Tottenham players did not do their job," said Souness.

"They had a bad start, giving two goals away after bad kicks by [Hugo] Lloris, but I look at Tottenham's midfield and despite bossing things in the first half, they did nothing with the ball.

"Sandro or Paulinho didn't do anything clever, like drop the shoulder or slide a clever pass in.

"Tottenham are a team with a history of playing a brand of football that got you on the edge of your seat, but they are not producing that at the moment.

"Negredo, though, is a class act and has everything.

"Maybe he is just short of a yard of pace but he has great awareness, great feet, a physical presence and an eye for a goal - and I really, really like him."