Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham Hotspur were fortunate to finish the match against Red Star Belgrade with all eleven men on the field.
Mauricio Pochettino handed Oliver Skipp his first Champions League appearance when he was brought on for goalscorer Giovani Lo Celso in the 84th minute.
The 19-year-old threw himself into a tackle three minutes into injury time when he slid in with his studs showing and caught the ankle of the Red Star player who was left clutching his leg on the flood.
Despite being shown a yellow card by the referee, Jenas claimed that the midfielder could have easily seen red for the challenge.
It was Skipp’s first appearance for Pochettino’s side since he started the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United back in late September.
Jenas told BT Sport 2 during the Champions League Highlights show at 10:45pm on 6/11/19: “I just think sometimes as a young player you do come on with that bit of over exuberance.
“I think he needs to understand at 4-0 up is there a need for a challenge like that. I think he is very fortunate not to get sent off here, tough tackle on van La Parra I think it was. So he was fortunate to get away with that.”
Skipp can count himself lucky that he was still on the field at the final whistle, he dived in with a reckless challenge when there was no need.
Hopefully, he will learn from the incident and realise he was given game time ahead of experienced professionals including Lucas Moura.
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