Hoddle slams ‘ghastly’ Tottenham man for 15-year mistake he wouldn’t make twice

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Glenn Hoddle called the moments to be forgotten for Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez against Mura as “appalling” after Spurs’ defeat in the Europa Conference League.

Tottenham collapsed in a 2-1 loss to the Slovenian team on Thursday in a game they never seemed to win. Indeed, the hosts showed more intensity from the start and rightly won 1-0.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte had to make four changes at once at the start of the second half, such was his team’s level of performance.

And while substitute Lucas Moura got a nice assist to equalize Harry Kane, Mura got on the other side in stoppage time and clinched a famous victory.

Defender Davinson Sanchez was responsible for Mura’s two goals – and made the same mistake each time.

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He allowed Tomi Horvat to cut inside and shoot a nice curly finish in the top corner in the first half. And at the end of added time, Amadej Marosa did the same, catching up with Sanchez again.

Former Tottenham midfielder Hoddle called the team’s performance “embarrassing” and “shameful”.

He added talking to BT Sport: “The first half was terrible, really. There was only one class moment, that was Harry’s goal.

“It’s appalling defending against Sanchez. If he’s a 16-year-old defenseman, maybe you do it twice… he did the exact same thing. He allowed the player in. Crouchy [Peter Crouch] spoke about it at halftime.

Crouch added: “He [Sanchez] go to sleep. He’s trying to mix it up all the way. I said as soon as he got inside, he would go. He’s turned the wrong way again, it’s awful to defend.

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Hoddle wasn’t finished, however, and again referred to his analogy of a teenager learning his trade.


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“If it’s a 15-year-old, you say, ‘You can’t do it again,’” Hoddle said. “He forgot what happened in the first half. I just can’t figure out why he allowed her to come inside.

“He didn’t read the situation in a vital part of the game.”

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“What it is is Channel 2. When they come to Burnley on the weekend they can’t knock on any door, ”added Crouch of players looking to impress Conte on the sidelines.

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“They must have brought in Son [Heung-min], they had to call on Moura to give any sort of emergency and they still lost the match.

Ryan Sessegnon was a fringe player who was particularly in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Conte singled out the 21-year-old ahead of the game for his potential and said that he was eager to see his performance. However, he received two yellow cards in 32 minutes and one red thereafter.

Tottenham travel to Turf Moor on Sunday, when Conte demands a strong reaction.

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