It’s becoming an unfortunate regular feature of Tottenham’s matches against the top-4 teams this season – a heavy defeat, individual mistakes, a less than competitive performance and the question if any of the players managed to take credit from the game.
Once again, a top team has brushed Spurs aside without having to play well, waiting for the mistakes and the inevitable capitulation to follow. The harsh dismissal of Younes Kaboul which for the third successive game against a top-4 side has seen Tottenham reduced to ten men for the final 30 minutes or more, didn’t help their cause but the self-inflicted hurt through individual mistakes gifting Chelsea three goals was disgraceful. It’s understandable why Tim Sherwood looked a beaten man by the end of the game and was so angry in his post-match comments.
Little blame can be laid at the feet or hands of Hugo Lloris – he was unfortunate that two of the goals went through his legs but he was left totally exposed by the mistakes of those in front of him. In a game where he conceded four goals, he had few saves to make but as Spurs tried to contain and keep the scoreline respectable in the second half, he played his part by intercepting a number of dangerous crosses which could have led to further goals if not dealt with correctly.
Nabil Bentaleb, while inexperienced at this level worked hard and never gave up. The same is true of Sandro, apart from the slip which led to the third goal, and Kyle Walker, in an unfamiliar position, until his late aberration of a header back to Lloris which gifted Chelsea their final goal. Emmanuel Adebayor, with limited support, worked hard as the lone striker but with three or defenders defenders around him every time he had the ball, it was difficult for him to link up play or get forward on goal. He did his part for the team, putting in the effort and coming back to defend when required.
The defeat and the performance makes this another game when I have to include the option in the poll that no player takes credit from the game.