Former Tottenham Hotspur player Glenn Hoddle has criticized manager Enze Postecoglou’s tactics.
Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-4 to Chelsea in the 11th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday. The result ended a 10-match unbeaten run for Tottenham, who failed to pick up another point and move clear at the top of the table.
Tottenham had the early laugh. Dejan Krzysztof Kuluczewski opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the first half and it looked like the game was going to be a cakewalk, but Spurs were in trouble from there. In the 23rd minute, Raheem Sterling rattled the post, but fortunately, a video assistant referee (VAR) review disallowed the goal.
The second VAR situation also seemed to be averted. In the 32nd minute, Moises Caicedo rattled the net with a fantastic mid-range shot, but after communicating with the VAR room, the referee checked the situation with an on-field review. Caicedo’s goal was disallowed.
The referee reviewed the incident in detail, however, for a rough foul on Enzo Fernandez by Cristian Romero in the previous minute. The referee determined that the tackle was deep and awarded a direct red card and a penalty kick (PK). Cole Palmer stepped up to the plate and scored the equalizer.
Despite being one man short, Postecoglou lined up high. With 11 men, the team played aggressively. Son Heung-min and Kulusebski were up front, while James Maddison, Yves Bissouma, and Pape made up the midfield. Romero’s place was filled by Eric Dier.
But then the bad news came. Ten minutes into the second half, Destiny Udoji, who already had one red card, was sent off for accumulating cautions. Spurs were down to nine men. But Postecoglou didn’t back down.
Postecoglou went with a 4-3-1 formation with eight players on the field, excluding the goalkeeper. In effect, it was a 0-7-1 formation without Son Heung-min. They formed a defensive line near the halfway line and continued to set up an offside trap. When the ball was in play, goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario was quick to come out and clear it. 무지개토토
Chelsea panicked. Normally, even with only one man sent off, the opponent drops their line and plays a counterattack. The fact that they didn’t drop their line even though they had two players sent off is disconcerting. So, in the early battles of 11v9, Chelsea kept falling into the offside trap and missing chances.
But nine men are no match for 11, and Chelsea finally broke through in the 30th minute when Sterling beat the offside trap perfectly before crossing for Jackson to finish. Tottenham collapsed after that, with Jackson completing his hat-trick in stoppage time. In the end, Spurs lost the game 1-4.