Michael Dawson has criticised Tottenham’s defence for making’so many’ errors leading up to Kai Havertz’s opening in Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win. Despite Davinson Sanchez’s efforts to clear the ball over the bar, the Blues were ahead after Marcos Alonso intercepted Japhet Tanganga’s pass to Emerson Royal and slipped the ball in behind for Havertz to open the scoring.
Tanganga’s header from a Blues free-kick bounced off Ben Davies and into the Spurs net 11 minutes before half-time made things worse for Antonio Conte’s side. ‘How Spurs started summed up their entire first half,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘ [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg had possession of the ball, and they were in command.
‘But Chelsea’s press, not just in the first few minutes, but throughout the half… they had Spurs under control, but as soon as Tanganga played it there, Alonso was straight on it, waiting for that pass.’ ‘Great ball in behind and an easy finish for Havertz.’ Is it possible that Sanchez could have done a better job? I believe it is a minor flaw, as there have been numerous errors in the past that have lost Spurs a goal.
Source: Daily Mail