Redknapp comments on Tottenham weakness, but Arsenal struggle here more

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Tottenham Hotspur criticised as looking too fragile on set pieces.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised Tottenham's defending from set pieces, insisting they looked fragile.

The pundit told The Mail that their defending struggled to cope with Chelsea's back four's power, who have forged a reputation for scoring and creating chances.

He said: "They were a threat at every set piece — Spurs looked fragile whenever John Terry and Co. went up. The Chelsea defence has contributed 17 goals and 13 assists this season and typify Jose Mourinho’s style: win at all costs."

John Terry's opener in the 2-0 Capital One Cup final win at Wembley came from a failed clearance from a free-kick. It was however an uncharacteristic error.

This season in the Premier League, Spurs have conceded just three goals from set plays. Only Hull, Southampton and Sunderland with two each, have been more resolute.

Suggestions they are fragile or easily intimidated in the air do not bear out either, with Mauricio Pochettino's team conceding only three league goals from headers this campaign. That's level with Liverpool, with only Southampton (1) having a better record.

It's a comment rivals Arsenal are more familiar with. The Gunners have the third worst record in the top flight in both departments. 

  Goals Conceded from Set PlaysOpponent Headed GoalsAppearances
Arsenal 6 10 27
Tottenham 3 3 26

The figures back up a response that Tottenham's poor defending for John Terry's goal was not typical of their performances this season, and they should not be seen as a fragile team in that manner.

Nobody will be more disappointed with the way Terry scored the opener than head coach Mauricio Pochettino, a former centre-back himself.

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