Celtic

By Russell Edge

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has blasted Tottenham for their performance in their 3-2 defeat to West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The north London side had made an extremely bright start to the round of 16 tie at Wembley, Moussa Sissoko netting after just six minutes after an incisive breakaway from Spurs.

Their lead was doubled just before half time thanks to Dele Alli, whose shot deflected past Adrian in the West Ham goal, and give the home side what looked to be a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time.

However the game was flipped on its head as a double from Andre Ayew, both close range efforts, levelled the scores before Angelo Ogbonna headed home powerfully to score the winner and ensure it was the Hammers who progressed at the expense of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Following the clash Sky Sports pundit Redknapp did not hold back in his criticism of Spurs, accusing the players of being overly confident and even lazy in their second half performance.

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He says that while he recognises that the League Cup might not have been a priority target of Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentinian manager is yet to pick up any silverware while at the helm of Tottenham and this was the perfect opportunity to rectify that.

He told Sky Sports on their website: “Today’s performance was a shocker.

“To go from being two goals up and completely in control to losing the game showed signed of arrogance and complacency.

“With the players he has got, it won’t be long until he’s judged on what he’s (Mauricio Pochettino) won.

“You could say that this competition is the last of Pochettino’s priorities but it’s not, this is a great marker to put down.

“With a trophy in the bank, it could have provided a feel-good factor for the rest of the season to go on and win more.”

Tottenham will be hoping to rectify Wednesday’s disappointing result on Saturday when they travel north to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Pochettino and his side will know that a win will ensure they leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s men into second place in the league table, and potentially close the gap on leaders Manchester City to two points, while defeat would see them drift away from the title chase by at least three points.

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