Roy Keane was left feeling “angry” by the performance of Tottenham against Chelsea on Sunday as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side collapsed following a promising start.
Thomas Tuchel’s men won in north London 3-0 thanks to goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger. They topped the table with 13 out of five fixtures.
The home team performed well in the first stages, and were level at the break. However, they fell apart in the second period and are now seventh on the table.
Keane was particularly upset by the poor performance of Tottenham as a neutral while on Sky Sports duty and called out the efforts made by the players, including Harry Kane.
Speaking about the winning side, Keane said: “I thought Chelsea were excellent, we know what they’re about, real quality, a lot of energy, desire, men v boys.
“I can’t believe how poor Spurs were but you can have an off day and lose to quality but lack of desire like we saw with the second and probably third, all the goals.
“Talk about putting your body on the line. The game is 90 minutes long, they done well in the first half, it doesn’t matter. It’s over the course of the game, you get through your difficult spells, try and survive, stay in the game.
“With the substitutions that they made, Chelsea was a great team.
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“I’ve no problem with Tottenham being short of quality, (but) even Kane’s body language today, his performance today Kane, oh my goodness.
“I’m pretty angry watching Spurs there, you talk about football, the second goal the difference between desire and wanting to win a football match we seen that.
“Tottenham players not doing the basics, I’m talking about closing someone down, putting your body on the line, that comes from within, we can criticise maybe the coach and a lot of other stuff but get to the ball, stop the shot, put your body on the line.”
Santo later told BBC Match of the Day: “There were a lot of things that went wrong. Let’s start with the first half – I think it was a good game, competitive. We were on the the front foot, started pressing high, creating problems and had chances.
“In the second half, the set piece and goal changes the game. This is when it gets difficult. Chelsea won the game and was the better team.
“It’s difficult, but I’m proud of the first half and of all the game because we had troubles in team and the players went to their limits.”