Spurs defender Destiny Udogie was “lucky,” according to Mark Clattenburg, to have escaped a straight red card for his tackle on Raheem Sterling.
Monday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs lost 4-1 to Chelsea, their first Premier League loss of the current campaign.
During the match, Udogie and Cristian Romero were both dismissed. Despite receiving two yellow cards, Clatterburg believes that Udogie was fortunate to remain on the field during the first half.
He gave Sterling a wild challenge in the first half, and when the Italy international attacked the same player early in the second half, Michael Oliver had no choice but to back down.
“Wrong choice. For two reasons, Destiny Udogie was fortunate. One, in order to avoid suffering a major injury, Raheem Sterling pulled his leg away. Secondly, Brooks neglected to inform Oliver that this challenge was deserving of a red. With his studs visible, Udogie led with his two feet while in the air. Football needs to forbid challenges of this nature, according to Clatterburg’s article in the Daily Mail on November 7, page 69.
Spurs need to bounce back
Five goals were not allowed in a chaotic game. Spurs had a great start, but their defense began to unravel. The home team paid the price for the careless and pointless challenges made by players like Romero and Destiny.
Additionally, Postecoglou continued to play the high line after losing both players, which gave Chelsea’s attackers unrestricted access to the goal. After Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick, it is reasonable to wonder if that was the best course of action.
The injuries to Micky van de Ven and James Maddison, who will both probably be out for some time, will also worry Postecoglou.