Stan Collymore critical of Tottenham Hotspur

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Stan Collymore was not impressed with Tottenham Hotspur’s defending against Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has suggested on Boylesports.com that Tottenham Hotspur’s defence is not as great as it is made out to be.

Tottenham are having a wonderful season in the Premier League and are likely to end up second in the table.

The North London outfit have some wonderful players, including two brilliant central defenders.

Toby Alderweireld has been arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League this season, and Jan Vertonghen has been superb.

Hugo Lloris is easily one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is genuinely world class, while full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have done well for Spurs this campaign.

Tottenham also have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, having conceded just 30 goals in 37 matches.

Collymore, though, does not seem to be too convinced about Tottenham’s defence, and has used Mauricio Pochettino’s side's 2-1 defeat to Southampton at White Hart Lane in the league on Sunday afternoon to make a point.

“I was at Spurs yesterday and although they are exciting going forward, I just didn’t see the defensive greatness which has them as the league’s best defence,” the former England international wrote on Boylesports.com.

“In fact I’d say if that’s the league's best defence, then defending in the league just isn’t very good, something again I’ve been saying for years.

“Shane Long, a good but not great central striker tortured the Spurs back four and on another day, with better finishing he may have been walking away with a couple of goals under his belt.”

Tottenham’s defending against Southampton on Sunday was not great, but that does not mean that their defence is not good.

In a very attack-minded league, Spurs have conceded just 30 goals - this shows just how good the North London outfit have been defensively this season.

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