Former Newcastle United and England striker and BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has torn into Tottenham after watching Spurs fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Saturday.
The two sides went head-to-head at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final, and it looked as though it would be the Lilywhites going a step further than last season, Dele Alli netting in the 11th minute after a dominant start.
However goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera turned the game on its head and ensured it would be Jose Mourinho, not Mauricio Pochettino, who would be managing their side with a hope of silverware this season.
Delivering his analysis of the game, Shearer was full of praise for United while he attacked Tottenham’s lack of creativity, insisting their big stars, aside from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, failed to live up to expectation.
Speaking on BBC One’s coverage of the game (21/04, 16:55), he said: “Tottenham’s big players today, other than Eriksen first half, and Alli first half – when you look to your big players (to say) ‘Come on, do something, give us something special to get us back into this game’, when you look to the touchline, there was nothing there.
“They looked flat, the didn’t have any energy, and that’s why United deserved to win the game.”
Defeat means Spurs have tumbled out of the FA Cup at the semi final stage for two successive seasons, having lost to Chelsea this time last season.
Football Insider verdict
Aside from a 25 minute period, Tottenham were either on-par with Manchester United or lagging behind, and Shearer is right to slam the Lilywhites’ stars. The likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Mousa Dembele were all second best in comparison to their United counterparts, and on the balance of play, it is completely fair that the Red Devils are the ones who have progressed. Spurs suffered a similar situation with Juventus in the Champions League, the Italians showing more street smarts, and it is now time for Mauricio Pochettino to get his players drilled for these massive knock out games – otherwise there will be no silverware any time soon.
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