Ruud Gullit has told BeIN Sports that Tottenham Hotspur trio Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama were “so bad” against Ajax on Tuesday night as Spurs suffered a 1-0 loss in the first leg.
Ajax looked as though they could settle the tie in the first 45 minutes, dominating the first half of the first leg. Donny van de Beek opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a tidy finish from eight yards out.
But Spurs were a different side in the second half, finally putting Ajax under some pressure. The presence of Moussa Sissoko helped Spurs get further up the field, but they could not break Ajax and Matthijs de Ligt down.
Former Chelsea manager and footballing legend Gullit gave his verdict on the match, expressing his shock at how poor Spurs were – identifying the three players he thought were not up to it on a technical basis.
“A lot of Tottenham players were disappointing, because I see them every week in the Premier League,” Gullit said. “Dele Alli, oh my God, technical wise, was so bad. Wanyama, my God. Technical wise, Rose.
“I see them every week and I ask myself how is it possible? So many mistakes. Yes, they are under pressure but when you’re under pressure you need to know what to do.”
Alli was particularly poor on Tuesday night, failing to be the creative midfielder that Spurs and England fans have watched over the past four years. He looked sluggish, lethargic.
Wanyama was also way below par, giving the ball away and not having the same energy as his teammates. The Kenya captain could be getting match fitness back, but he needs to go up another couple of gears.
But Gullit may have been slightly harsh on left-back Rose. The England ace looked to be one of Spurs best players, and was given praise by Jermaine Jenas during his co-commentary of the match on BT Sport.