Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood has been extremely honest at times over Tottenham’s performances and was quick the blame a lack of ‘characters’ within the side following yesterday’s defeat at Chelsea.
The game was effectively over when Younes Kaboul saw a dubious red but the second half was notable for a defensive performance worthy of a Sunday league team. At 2-0 down and with ten men on the pitch, it was hard enough to draw level but two late gifts made for a humiliating scoreline in the dying minutes.
“The first goal, anyone can slip and it is a bad error, the second one – the penalty and sending-off – it has gone against us unfortunately and the game has gone after that but it still doesn’t legislate for the capitulation. You can’t have that,” Sherwood said.
“Too many of them are too nice to each other. You need to show a bit more gut and not want to be someone’s mate all the time and it can’t always be me having a pop – they have to drag it out of each other. It hurts me.
“I’m not going to forget this by the time we hit the motorway. Some might – but on to the next match. That is the nature of the game.”
So, as Champions League football drifts further away, what is to blame? Player being too nice, a coach out of his depth, a bizarre formation and an overreliance on a promising 19 year old with nine league appearances behind him or all of the above?