Former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis remarked that Cristian Romero looked tired towards the end of Tottenham’s clash at Brighton on Saturday.
The trip to the Amex Stadium came at the end of a tough week for Tottenham, with everyone at the club still struggling to come to terms with Gian Pierro Ventrone’s sudden passing on Thursday.
However, the players managed to dig deep and get back to winning ways against the Seagulls, who had been unbeaten at home since the last time they faced Spurs back in March.
Antonio Conte’s men began the game on the front foot and took a deserved lead through Harry Kane in the 20th minute.
They missed several chances on the counter-attack to add to the lead and had to defend resolutely in the final thirty minutes as the home side committed bodies forward.
In the end, the Spurs backline held firm, with Romero putting in a typically energetic and aggressive display.
Pulis noted that the Argentine did not have a lot left in the tank during the final minutes of the encounter.
He told BBC Sport (08/10/22 at 19:13) “Cristian Romero needs a kick up the backside there. He looks tired. Tottenham really have to dig in because Brighton are pushing and pushing.”
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Romero covers a lot more ground and puts in a lot more sprints than other centre-backs, given his tendency to be aggressive and win the ball.
It is understandable that he and the other Spurs players would be tired, particularly given the physically and emotionally draining week they had.
So, the players deserve a lot of credit for the fight they showed to come away with three points from a stadium which is arguably one of the hardest to get results in.
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