Harry Redknapp has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Hugo Lloris should have waited to confront Son Heung-min in the Tottenham Hotspur changing room, but stated that it was good to see a bit of passion from the Spurs players.
Despite Tottenham winning as the half-time whistle blew, Lloris angrily marched towards South Korean attacker Son after the winger failed to track back in the final moments of the first half.
He pointed the finger at Son, shouting and pushing the former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg star. But as the duo emerged from the changing room for the second 45, it appeared they made up – with a quick embrace in the tunnel.
Former Tottenham manager Redknapp stated he was delighted to see some passion from Lloris – but stated that the French World Cup winner could have at least waited until he got into the changing room to do so.
“He could’ve waited until he got in the dressing room. He lost his rag the goalkeeper, he decided to let him know there and then. As Jose said, at least it shows they care,” Redknapp said.
“If you’re going to be successful, the great teams have had that in their teams – the Tony Adams, the John Terry’s. It is something you don’t see much in today’s game, but it was good to see a bit of passion.”
TBR’s view – Tottenham need a bit of steel, nastiness
It has been lacking from Spurs in recent months. That edge that makes the best teams sit at the top of the table, proving too nice in the dressing room and on the pitch will see other clubs steal points from Spurs.
Mourinho stated in reaction to the incident that he wanted to see his players show some fight. This is exactly what he got from his captain. If Spurs are to improve upon this season’s efforts next time around, they need this kind of bite.