Tottenham Hotspur fell to a dismal 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Chelsea at the new Spurs stadium yesterday, and they went out with a whimper.
Spurs failed to compete in the first 45 minutes, handing Chelsea an easy opener from a corner when the Blues worked a simple two on one which saw Serge Aurier fail to be alert to the situation.
Paulo Gazzaniga then somehow turned what should have been an easy punch clearance into a penalty for the visitors, which Willian dispatched for his second of the game.
While Tottenham improved in the second half, they were still unable to carve many reasonable chances at goal.
All hopes of a revival were dashed when Heung-min Son decided to kick out against Antonio Rudiger with his studs.
After the incident was initially missed by the referee, VAR reviewed the incident and advised the ref to show Son a straight red, card the third time the winger has been given his marching orders in the past two years, although his last dismissal against Everton was rescinded.
The current rules dictate that red cards issued for violent conduct result in a three-game ban, or a four-game ban if deemed serious enough (Sun).
If Son does receive a three-match ban, as he likely will, he will miss the home match against Brighton on Boxing Day, Norwich City away on the 28th, and Southampton away on New Year’s Day.
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