Tottenham Hotspur interim head coach, Cristian Stellini, has explained that he took Davinson Sanchez off because he felt the time had come for an extra striker to be added to the XI.
Sanchez suffered a fate that no professional footballer wants to suffer this afternoon, as he was subbed on and then subbed off in one match.
The Colombian came on towards the end of the first half after Clement Lenglet picked up an injury, and lined up as a right centre-back with Cristian Romero moving to the left side.
It wasn’t long before the defender got himself into hot water though, as he miscontrolled a pass before Pedro Porro gave it away down the right side and Bournemouth equalised.
Soon after the half-time break, Sanchez made another defensive error that led directly to the Cherries taking the lead.
The next time he touched the ball, boos rang around the stadium. Stellini then swapped Sanchez for Danjuma just 20 minutes after the Colombian had first been sent on.
The Spurs boss explained in his post-match interview (Football London): “I understand it’s a tough moment for everyone and we have to analyse this moment.
“Everyone needs to analyse how important it is to support a player. I take every responsibility for the decision I make.
“I thought it was too early in the game to use another striker, so I didn’t think that was the time. Then in the second half it was so Davinson came off.
“It was a tough moment and we will support him. It is a tough moment for him and also the team.
“If the team pushes more when we score the first goal we aren’t speaking about a defeat. It’s not only Davinson. Every player can help.”
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Anyone who enjoyed watching that happen to Sanchez should take a long look at themselves. It was a tough watch to see him reacting on the bench after being hooked. Hopefully, Spurs offer him the support he needs away from the pitch.
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