Peter Crouch claims that Tottenham didn’t have enough attacking ideas in their defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs suffered a 2-1 away loss at Stamford Bridge and missed the chance to climb into the top four.
Jose Mourinho’s team stay fifth in the league table and are now four points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who tighten their grip on a Champions League spot.
Spurs found themselves trailing at half-time due to an Olivier Giroud goal and their task was made harder when Marcos Alonso doubled the hosts’ advantage early in the second-half.
Antonio Rudiger’s gave a late lifeline to the visitors, but it wasn’t enough to rescue any points and they have now lost back-to-back games across all competitions.
Meanwhile, it was a contest where there was more VAR controversy as they decided not to send Giovani Lo Celso off for a challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Crouch gave his instant reaction post-match on Spurs and claims they were lacking in attack.
“It’s a squad game and you need to be able to cope with that. I know he (Mourinho) is trying to set up to frustrate and when Giroud got that goal it becomes even more difficult,” Crouch said on BT Sport 1 (2:25pm, 22 February).
“I just didn’t think they had enough ideas going forward and that showed. Chelsea fully deserved to win.”
It’s no surprise that Spurs didn’t look too threatening without key injured pair Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane, but they still had talent on the pitch and on the day they weren’t quite up to scrap.
Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura couldn’t get any change out of Chelsea’s centre-backs, plus Dele Alli was only named on the bench and came on late as a substitute.
The calls for 18-year-old striker Troy Parrott to get a chance will continue to come from supporters and perhaps they have a point.