'Same old story' - Redknapp lays into Tottenham Hotspur's defence

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has criticised the team's defence after the defeat at Manchester City.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested it’s the ‘same old story’ for Spurs as they continue their fight to get into the top four of the Premier League this season.

Spurs lost 4-1 at Manchester City over the weekend, making it ten goals conceded in their last two Premier League visits to the Etihad, which hints at the defensive problems they had in big games last season and Redknapp sees it as a major concern.

“It was the same old story for Tottenham at Man City. They have now conceded 26 goals in their last seven games against the champions. They want to get back in the top four but at the moment they could not be further from it,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.

Tottenham’s starting back four against City included two summer signings; Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon and Federico Fazio from Sevilla.

Dier has settled the better at Tottenham, as Fazio struggled with the pace, power and experience in the City attacking, eventually receiving a red card which will prevent him from having a first team chance in the league over the next few weeks.

Jan Vertonghen is now likely to come back into the centre of defence for the game against Newcastle United this weekend, as Pochettino searches around for a settled back four.

Tottenham’s midfield is strong, with plenty of different options to setup the strikers with chances to score. However, that quality and versatility in the middle of the team can be overlooked when Spurs are on the back foot in games against big opponents.

The performance against Arsenal showed what Spurs are capable of when the defence fights hard but the performance against City shows how the back four can fall apart when put under extreme pressure.

Pochettino will make changes for the Europa League game this week before focus switches back to the Premier League and a match that Tottenham need to win to maintain a position in and around the top six.

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