Dejan Kulusevski says ‘poor discipline’ cost Tottenham Hotspur in heavy Chelsea defeat
Tottenham Hotspur superstar Dejan Kulusevski has admitted that poor discipline played a role in Spurs’ first Premier League defeat of the season.
The Lilywhites took the lead against Chelsea at home in the sixth minute via Kulusevski. For the first 15 minutes, the hosts were flying, and it seemed like it would be a comfortable game for us.
But things started to turn sour after Cristian Romero’s 33rd-minute red card. His studs were sticking out and VAR judged the tackle to be worthy of a sending-off, even though the player, his teammates, and the fans protested.
Chelsea didn’t complain and Cole Palmer leveled the scoreline in the 35th minute. Already a man down, Destiny Udogie got his marching orders with 55 minutes on the clock.
Spurs have themselves to blame here
The Italian left-back made a rash challenge on Raheem Sterling, even though the English winger wasn’t really in a very threatening position. The referee dished out a yellow card for Udogie, which was his second of the game, and the team was reduced to nine men.
Nicolas Jackson then made use of Tottenham’s high line to score a hat-trick without reply. The result was a humiliating 4-1 defeat at home against a struggling Chelsea side that has been very bland this season.
After the game, Deki admitted that poor discipline played a role in Tottenham’s defeat. He said, via the Guardian:
“Was it poor discipline that cost the team? Yes, a little bit. We want to win a lot and here with the fans, they help us up. Sometimes we tackle a little bit too hard, too strong and we pay for that. But it’s good. We have to learn and we will learn.”
Romero is known as an aggressive defender who likes to tackle hard. Udogie, meanwhile, is a young player who can use a talking-to after the game. But Ange Postecoglou has to ensure the players don’t lose their heads in a similar manner later in the season.
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Just after one game, our title charge seems to have suffered a massive dent. Udogie and Romero are suspended while Micky van de Ven suffered an injury against Chelsea. This is the time for Tottenham to show their mettle and prove to the world that they are worthy of being the Premier League champions this season. It is just one game and we will bounce back from this.