Jamie Redknapp accused former team Tottenham of being ‘arrogant’ after we were unceremoniously dumped out of the League Cup by West Ham last night.
We looked on course to reach the quarter-finals after goals from the excellent Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli gave us a comfortable half-time lead without even getting out of second gear.
However the Hammers eased the pressure on boss Slaven Bilic with a second-half fightback as Andre Ayew’s double and Angelo Ogbonna’s header stunned the Spurs faithful.
Asked if we had been been complacent, Redknapp told Sky Sports: “I’d go as far as to there was too much arrogance from Tottenham.
“They got all the plaudits, and rightfully so, after Sunday – they were fantastic and outworked Liverpool in every department.
“But today’s performance was a shocker. To go from being two goals up and completely in control to losing the game showed signed of arrogance and complacency.
Redknapp added: “I was pleased Mauricio Pochettino didn’t try and style it out because they were poor in the second half.”
Lasr nights second half performance was the polar opposite of our previous two games, which saw us get a hugely credible draw at Real Madrid and of course the dismantling of Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
Redknapp understands our progress in the Premier League, Champions League and to an extent the FA Cup held more significance than the League Cup, but he also believes it was an opportunity missed for Pochettino’s men.
“With the players he has got, it won’t be long until he’s judged on what he’s won,” the former Spurs midfielder added.
“If you don’t win things with the players you’ve got it won’t be long until you come in for criticism.
“Tottenham are one of the best clubs around at the moment but that second-half performance was not up to scratch.
“You could say that this competition is the last of Pochettino’s priorities but it’s not, this is a great marker to put down.
“With a trophy in the bank, it could have provided a feel-good factor for the rest of the season to go on and win more.”
Not often I’d agree with Jamie, but I do on this one. I understand the thinking behind prioritising cups but we put out a strong enough side yesterday to beat them and perhaps arrogance and swagger set in. Hopefully it might make the players think about how you must play for the ninety minutes whatever the score.
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