Tottenham suffered their first defeat of the 2023-24 season after they lost 4-1 against bitter London rivals Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday night (6 November) in the Premier League.
In a chaotic game, Spurs were reduced to nine men, with Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie both being sent off. Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick but five goals were disallowed during the game as Mauricio Pochettino made a winning return to Tottenham.
TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara wasn’t impressed with Romero for his performance, and he said on the show that the Argentine defender should be ashamed of himself for letting his teammates down.
Romero escaped a red card previously for his challenge on Levi Colwill but his challenge on Enzo Fernandez was a punishable offence.
“He went out there with a mentality of hurting someone. In big games, you’ve got to be a leader. You’ve got to be the calming influence,” said O’Hara on talkSPORT.
“He has let his teammates down. He should be ashamed of that.”
“Romero let his teammates down.”
“Big games, you’ve got to be a leader. He’s got to be the calming influence.”
Jamie O’Hara says Romero should be ‘ashamed’ of his performance tonight 😳 pic.twitter.com/V8ZYGu2QsU
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 6, 2023
Ange Postecoglou would be worried about Micky van de Ven and James Maddison – both players picking up injuries during the game.
Romero has been a key player for both club and country, and he has shown leadership qualities in the past. The intensity of the game got the better of him and he lost composure which wasn’t expected of a class player like him.
Spurs paid a heavy price for the reckless indiscipline of Romero. Their lack of discipline in the entire game had cost them points even though they started brightly. Postecoglou gambled on continuing with the high line even with nine players and it allowed Chelsea to score three more goals in the second half.
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