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20th Jan 2023

Jamie Carragher ditches tactical talk and calls out Spurs for what they really are

Lee Costello

Carragher Spurs

“You can call it naive, Spurs bottled it.”

Jamie Carragher was blunt in his analysis of Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Manchester City last night as they threw away a two goal lead to lose 4-2.

The London side were on top in the first half, going to goals to the good and dominating the play, seemingly taking advantage of City’s poor recent from.

However, goals from, Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, and a Riyad Mahrez double meant that Spurs went from holding a strong lead, to crumbling in emphatic fashion.

Carragher Spurs

Carragher reflected on the game in the Sky Sports studio and was very disparaging of Antonio Conte’s men.

“You can call it naive, Spurs bottled it.”

“He [Conte] can never rely on his back three, or back five or goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet. I always feel like they’re going to concede a goal.

Carragher Spurs

“He’s not going to change his tactics, this is what he does, he relies on a good strong base and having great attacking players on the counter-attack.

“He’s got those great attacking players, but his goalkeeper and defenders are nowhere near good enough for a Conte team to be successful, and that’s where they’ve got major problems.