Jenas critical of Spurs defender’s ‘schoolboy like’ error against Chelsea

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has criticised Spurs full-back Serge Aurier for his poor defending during the first half between Tottenham and Chelsea on Sunday.

The Blues deservedly won the match 2-0 and dominated proceedings right from kick-off. They took the lead courtesy of Willian in the 12th minute as Aurier failed to close down the Brazilian quickly enough after the visitors took a short corner.

The early goal set the tempo for the game as Frank Lampard’s side grew in confidence after that. Another Willian penalty right at the end of the first half killed off the home side, but Jenas was especially critical of Spurs’ defending for the first goal.

He felt that Aurier could have done a lot more to prevent the corner initially as well as in closing down Willian more effectively.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about the first goal, the former Spurs midfielder said, “From a Spurs point of view, it was schoolboy like. That’s the only way I can explain the defending.

“What Serge Aurier was doing with the header initially to give away a corner and then they were slow to get out to Willian. Makes no sense.”

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Unfortunately, we know by now that Aurier is always prone to lapses in concentration and his defending for the first goal was certainly an example of that. However, we simply failed to impose ourselves on the game after that and barely created any chances at all even when we are playing with all 11 men. While the defence is obviously a worry, the lack of creativity in midfield is a much bigger concern at the moment.

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