Three worst Tottenham players during Chelsea defeat
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham’s hopes of winning a first domestic title since the 2007-08 season were left in tatters following the 4-2 FA Cup semi final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Goals from Willian (two), Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic kept Chelsea firmly on course to record a domestic double this season, putting four goals past a Tottenham side with the best defensive record in the league.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli had scored in reply for Tottenham, but it was not enough to see them through to the Final of the FA Cup, meaning they have now lost their last seven FA Cup semi final matches.
Tottenham had dominated possession, but ultimately come out second best having registered few clear cut opportunities on goal, and here, Football Insider names the three worst players in the defeat.
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The South Korea international has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, but his downfall against Chelsea was a small positional change on the left-hand side.
Son was deployed in a deeper left-wing role – more of a left wing-back position – as part of a shock experiment by Mauricio Pochettino, but it did not have the desired effect.
His unfamiliarity in the position showed as his poor positioning often left Tottenham exposed, with Chelsea frequently looking to exploit Son’s lack of defensive knowledge.
Son was also responsible for a rash challenge on Victor Moses to hand Chelsea an opportunity to extend their lead from the penalty spot, which Willian did with aplomb.
Tottenham often reap the rewards of having such a consistent and reliable goalkeeper at their disposal in Hugo Lloris, but even the best are prone to a bad day at the office.
By no means can Lloris be faulted for all four goals, but there were a few alarming moments that prove it may not have been a day for him to remember.
First and foremost, the French stopper could have done better to keep out Willian’s free-kick. His wall was positioned well enough for him to cover the goal to his left, which is where the Brazlian’s curling effort was placed, but he didn’t get across far enough.
He later got away with a handball outside of the area, but the officials failed to spot the infringement and he went unpunished; while he also guessed wrong from the penalty spot.
It was a mixed bag from the Belgium international at Wembley on Saturday, but it is safe to say that it was not the most assured of defensive displays from Tottenham.
Alderweireld received an early booking for a mistimed challenge, allowing Willian to open the scoring from the resulting free-kick.
He steadily regained his composure as the game progressed, but he still looked vulnerable whenever Chelsea ran at the Tottenham defence.
In other Tottenham news, this fringe player is moving closer to a summer exit.