Michael Owen claims Llorente became ‘obsessed’ with Spurs star in Leeds defeat

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Antonio Conte
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Michael Owen has ripped into Leeds’ defending in their 4-0 defeat to Tottenham, questioning why Marcelo Bielsa’s men were not helping out their teammates defensively. 

Both Tottenham and Leeds were under a lot of pressure heading into the game but Antonio Conte’s men established their dominance early and essentially put the result beyond the home side within half an hour with three quickfire goals. 

Matt Doherty opened the scoring for the Lilywhites after getting on the end of Ryan Sessegnon’s cross before Dejan Kulusevski doubled the lead for the visitors. 

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min then got in on the act to add gloss to the scoreline, with Leeds struggling to deal with the movement of the Spurs forwards.

In fact, Spurs could have scored a lot more had they been clinical in front of goal, with Conte’s men creating chance after chance in the second half.

Owen was particularly critical of Diego Llorente’s part in Kulusevski’s goal, insisting that the Spaniard was so focused on staying with Son that he let the Swede breeze into the area and get a shot away.

The former Liverpool striker told Premier League Productions (26/02/22): “You think you have seen it all when you see Leeds play. They make the same mistakes all the time.

“Half of the time, they are so fixated with being man-for-man, sometimes they forget that you can help your mates out.

“He (Llorente) could come and sniff that out but he is thinking ‘that’s not my man’. That’s the problem, he becomes obsessed with his man (Son) and making sure he doesn’t score. But absolutely brilliant finish (from Kulusevski), he meant that as well.”

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The first goal was going to prove crucial on Saturday and the Leeds players might have been right up for the contest had they managed to take the lead and got the home crowd behind them. However, the way we came out of the blocks and scored two quickfire goals completely deflated Bielsa’s men and ensured an easy victory for us.

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