'There's Less Space On The Moon!'- Jamie Carragher Slams Spurs Midfield After North London Derby Loss
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Jamie Carragher has heavily criticised Tottenham's midfield after Sunday's North London Derby defeat to Arsenal.
Nuno Espírito Santo's side were beaten 3-1 at The Emirates and found themselves 3 goals down at half-time, something Carragher believes was down to their setup in the middle of the park.
:spy:️♂️Jamie Carragher singled out Tottenham Hotspur midfielder's Dele Alli & Tanguy Ndombele in particular for their passive display against Arsenal:
:full_moon_with_face:"There is less space on the moon, it's quite unbelievable to think they would play like that."#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/c2ErDZUmu5
- Last Word On Spurs:microphone2: (@LastWordOnSpurs) September 27, 2021
"The midfield players for Tottenham- (Pierre-Emile) Højbjerg, (Tanguy) Ndombele and Dele Alli... there's less space on the moon than you see in Tottenham's midfield on Sunday," the former Liverpool man said on Sky Sports' last night.
"It's actually unbelievable to see that. There's no midfield."
Carragher went on to question the Spurs' manager, who has come under fire for his tactics in recent matches.
"I've been doing this show now for eight years," the pundit continued. "Whenever I see a performance like that, I always look at players first, as I have on this. I think managers often taken too much criticism and often it's down to the players.
"There were some shocking performances from Tottenham players but I think the manager was equally culpable in this result in how he set up. When people question a manager, we always hear: 'there was no plan'- but there's always a plan at this level in football. When you analyse it, I'm not sure how this plan was ever going to work."
This season, Tottenham rank in the bottom three for shots, the creation of chances from open day and distance covered, stats that have put Espírito Santo under pressure.
The ex-Wolves manager, who has been in North London for just under three months, admitted that his approach to the match hadn't worked but hinted that some of his players had also let him down.
"The performance was not good," the 47 year old told Sky Sports. "The game plan was not good. The decisions were not good. It was not a good day for us. Definitely not a good day.
"I'm going to be honest. When you have a game plan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want on the pitch to develop that game plan. The decisions were not according to the game plan and I take responsibility. I won't name individuals but the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.
"We were not aggressive enough to control Arsenal in midfield. They were faster, stronger, more aggressive. We suffered when we wanted to go in front, and we allowed Arsenal to come to us. Bad decisions."
Next up for Spurs is a Europa Conference League clash with Mura before they welcome high-flying Aston Villa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.