Waddle: Tottenham must sort out defence to challenge

Spurs legend Chris Waddle is left pulling his hair out at Tottenham's defending

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Tottenham Hotspur will never challenge for top honours unless they sort out their defence, according to Chris Waddle.

Spurs were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in Saturday’s early kick-off in a helter-skelter game, featuring four penalties and a red card for Lilywhites centre-half Federico Fazio.

Tottenham have the same problem they have had for years now

Chris Waddle

Sergio Agüero claimed all four goals for the champions, two from the spot, with Christian Eriksen’s early strike for Tottenham proving nothing more than a consolation by full-time.

And Waddle, who featured in 173 games for Spurs, told the BBC Sport that the north London outfit were too unbalanced.

“Manchester City run out 4-1 winners but Tottenham were always in the game,” said Waddle.

“Going forward they have a lot to offer but Spurs will always have problems in defence until they sort out their centre-back pairing.

“Tottenham have the same problem they have had for years now. Going forward they have looked very good and created chances but if they don’t address the two centre-halves, defence will always be a problem.”

Waddle pointed to Fazio’s dismissal, for pulling back Agüero in the penalty area with the score at 2-1, as the match’s turning point.

“Manchester City have been the stronger side overall, even when it was 11 v 11, but since the sending off they dominated the game.”

City’s victory ensured that they would end the weekend in second place in the Premier League, and kept up the pressure on Chelsea before the Blues’ trip to Crystal Palace.

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