Tottenham Hotspur winger Nacer Chadli has admitted to The London Evening Standard that he did not play well against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Belgium international started the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane in North London, but he was replaced by Spanish striker Roberto Soldado in the 62nd minute.
“I did not do well enough and I think when I criticise myself I don’t see what the others do and my game was the level I expected and I want to play better,” Chadli told The London Evening Standard regarding his substitution.
It is a refreshingly honest assessment of one’s performance, and Chadli was indeed far from his best against Villa.
The former FC Twente star took one shot, has a pass accuracy of 81%, created one chance, put in two crosses, attempted eight dribbles and won one interception against Tim Sherwood's team.
Tottenham’s performance as a team left much to be desired as well, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Villa at home.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, Spurs had 58% of the possession, took 14 shots of which three were on target, and earned nine corners.
Visiting Villa had 42% of the possession, took 10 shots of which three were on target, and earned six corners.
Tottenham are now seventh in the Premier League table with 54 points from 32 matches, seven points behind fourth-placed and defending English champions Manchester City, who face Manchester United at Old Trafford today.