Tottenham suffers back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. After losing 3-0 to Chelsea; N’Golo Kante’s introduction as a second-half substitute powers Chelsea to joint-top of the Premier League with Liverpool and Manchester United.
Roy Keane has lambasted Tottenham’s display in their 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea. Also, he has admitted that Spurs’ collapse had left him “angry”.
Despite a robust first-half display, Tottenham folded after the interval following the Blues’ introduction of N’Golo Kante.
“I couldn’t believe how bad Spurs were. You can have an off day and sometimes you lose to quality but there was a lack of desire from Spurs for the second and the third goals,” said Keane.
“I’m pretty angry from watching Spurs today. The difference in desire and wanting to win a football match we see with the second goal. Chelsea won the ball back and Tottenham didn’t do the basics. I’m talking about closing players down and putting your body on the line.
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness was equally unimpressed: “Spurs didn’t look like a team. They were making fundamental mistakes that led to goals. At this level, the highest level, if you don’t do the basics right you will get punished.”
What Roy Kean has said:
Tottenham had started the match well. Still, they have struggled after the interval when Kante came on for Mason Mount.
The midfielder scored Chelsea’s second goal. Also, with Thiago Silva heading in the opener from a corner. Also, Antonio Rudiger applying the final gloss in the closing stages.
“A lot of the time it’s about who wants to head the ball,” continued Keane. “Spurs don’t have players who want to defend and head the ball. They needed to put their bodies on the line.”
Analyzing Chelsea’s second goal, in which Kante was allowed time and space before his shot deflected past Hugo Lloris, Souness was particularly critical of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was slow to close down his Chelsea opponent.
“Get out to the ball now!” Souness urged. “Kante had far too much time. These are basic things.
“If you are Hojbjerg and a central midfield player, there are certain things you do in a game which should happen on auto-pilot. ‘The ball has gone out, I’m back out, I’m not standing holding hands with Dier’. He was just walking out.
“Get out and engage Kante now! Run! Sprint!”