Redknapp: Big Opportunity Missed

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Speaking to SkySports, former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp stated his belief that Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea was a huge opportunity missed to claim 3 points at the expense of their rivals.

Yesterday, Tottenham’s Premier League home debut at Wembley stadium did not go according to plan, with a 2-1 defeat to London rivals Chelsea only adding to their list of poor results at the national stadium.

Before the match, SkySports pundit Jamie Redknapp had tipped Spurs to beat the depleted Chelsea team, who were without Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Instead, Chelsea inflicted a 4th straight Wembley defeat on Spurs , a run stretching back to 2010 and a result Redknapp thinks Spurs will be kicking themselves for.

“It’s a big opportunity missed,” He said. “When you see the team sheets at the start, and compare them to last season, Spurs will be kicking themselves they didn’t get the result.”

“There was no Cahill at the back, no Hazard – their best player – no Costa, no Nemanja Matic, so looking at that Spurs will be disappointed not to get three points.”

Despite losing the game, Spurs appeared to be in control of the game, registering 18 efforts on goal, twice the amount Chelsea managed, with 6 of those on target to Chelsea’s 2.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said after the game that, despite losing, he was pleased with Tottenham’s performance, seeing positives Redknapp agrees with.

“You can understand why Pochettino said he was pleased with the display,” He added. “They played and showed real glimpses today.”

“There were some great passages of play, all that was missing was that clinical edge.”

“But make no mistake about it, when the dust settles, they’ll be thinking they should have won the game.”

Were you pleased with yesterday’s performance? Or are you kicking yourself for different reasons?

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  1. I was not pleased. Wanyama was painful to watch and giving up the pass which led to the goal was predictable. Lloris’s misjudgment on the final shot was just as poor, but Hugo may have been even worse than VW because his weak throw set the disaster in motion. Trippier was not ready to come back and does not seem like a BIG GAME player.

    Overall, Spurs seem on the knife’s edge right now. They need to bring in a player who can thrive under pressure and not rock the proverbial boat (Cancelo?) or this will be a 5th place year again, and even that may be a fight with the improved Everton.


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