Jamie Carragher has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino was not happy with his assessment of Tanguy Ndombele’s performance against Burnley last season and that the former Tottenham boss told him that the Frenchman was a top player.
The former defender said that he bumped into the Argentine at a Champions League game at Anfield and despite having departed the North London club, he was still prepared to defend the Frenchman.
Ndombele was withdrawn at half-time during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor last season which saw Jose Mourinho criticising the midfielder over his lack of work rate after the game.
Carragher also claimed during his analysis for Sky Sports that the 23-year-old was not putting in enough of a defensive shift and failed to track back with the opposition.
The former Lyon man has turned his fortunes around this season and has been one of the North Londoners’ best players to date.
He capped off an all-round display against Sheffield United on Sunday with an outstanding goal to help Spurs to a 3-1 win.
Here’s what Carragher said on the Tottenham midfielder on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football:
🗣"I bumped into Poch at Anfield and he watched it and he wasn't happy with my analysis, he said Spurs have a top player" @Carra23 admitting he may have been wrong about Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele after his analysis last season with former boss Pochettino proving him wrong pic.twitter.com/VQ0qrK9Z9E
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 18, 2021
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To be fair to Carragher and Mourinho, they were both right to question Ndombele’s attitude and work rate against Burnley as the midfielder was not working hard enough and looked disinterested at times. However, there has been a major shift in his attitude this season and it is not surprising that he is now playing so well as the midfielder’s talent has never been in question.
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