Opinion: The three Spurs players who should escape criticism for Chelsea defeat

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were collectively as a team were awful against Chelsea, but it would be unfair to paint a few decent performers with the same brush as others.

Let’s take a look at the three Spurs men who were let down by their woeful teammates yesterday evening in North London after they failed to move into fourth place in the Premier League.

Toby Alderweireld 

The open Spurs midfield and fullbacks left Toby and Sanchez completely exposed at the back today. Having said that, I thought that Alderweireld actually defended very competently and sensibly throughout the majority of the game. Unfortunately, a lack of movement from the midfield and forwards meant that there were never any outballs for the centre-backs, and they had to defend non-stop for large parts of the game.

Davinson Sanchez 

He just gets stuck in. Put up against Abraham today, Sanchez wasn’t afraid to get physical and put his body on the line. At times, he was forced to cover for both Vertonghen and Aurier too. His superb pace, tough tackling, and no-nonsense style was one of the silver linings today. To be honest, towards the end of the game he looked more dangerous down the wing than Moura and Son had all game too.

Moussa Sissoko 

I think the team performance made things tough for Sissoko today. He perhaps looked worse than he actually was against Chelsea. In the first half, he was one of the only players willing to show for his mates and drive through the lines. Unfortunately, next to no movement from the front line led to him running down dead ends and losing the ball with no assistance. Criticism would be harsh on him today. Also should have had a delightful assist it Kane had buried his chance.

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