Tottenham suffered a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport that Hugo Lloris was at fault for Chelsea’s second goal during Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s side – rather than Kieran Trippier.
With Chelsea already leading through Pedro’s excellent opener, Spurs were looking to get back into the match with the score still only one. But a mix-up in the Tottenham defence doubled Chelsea’s advantage.
A bouncing ball was played over the top of the Tottenham defence, leaving Trippier to run towards his own goal and either clear his lines by hooking the ball out for a throw – or pass back to Lloris.
Ferdinand reckons Lloris’ decision to run towards the ball caused confusion, meaning there was no space between both Trippier and the French goalkeeper. Trippier passed the ball past Lloris and into his own goal, but Ferdinand blames Lloris.
“As a defender, and part of the defender’s union, I blame the goalkeeper,” Ferdinand said. “Trippier looks once and sees Lloris on his line. Stay where you are and keep the distance between you so there’s no problems.
“The moment Lloris comes off his line, he confuses the whole situation.”
Lloris, 32, has been under fire for much of the season despite winning the World Cup with France in the summer. Similarly, Trippier is hardly showing the kind of form that saw him adored by Spurs and England fans last season.
Spurs are now nine points behind leaders Liverpool, while Manchester City are eight points in front of third-placed Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino’s men take on Arsenal on Saturday.
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