Stellini slams Tottenham players for failing him

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Interim boss Cristian Stellini accused his Tottenham players of being unable to stick to a plan as life after Antonio Conte began in familiar fashion with a 1-1 draw at Everton.

Tottenham interim coach Cristian Stellini, who was Conte’s assistant has slammed his players and accused them for not sticking to plan.

Stellini took charge of Spurs for the first time since his fellow Italian’s exit in the wake of his explosive press conference following the 3-3 draw against Southampton before the international break.

And this was an unwelcome sequel at Goodison Park as Spurs were unable to hold on to a lead against 10 men.

Shortly after Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure had been sent off for striking Harry Kane in the face, the England captain put Spurs in front from the penalty spot and the three points looked to be theirs.

But they needlessly invited pressure on to themselves and moments after Lucas Moura was also sent off, Michael Keane scored a searing 30-yard screamer, which moved Everton out of the bottom three.

Stellini said his side had to do ‘much better’ when playing with an extra man.

“This is the way we play the game with an extra man – you have to do much better,” he said. “It’s about intention to keep the ball, to wait to find the right moment to score.

“We had some chances but we didn’t find the way to score. It’s OK, but also you need players ready to move and to respect the plan. The plan was clear in my idea, and with one extra player we can do it better than this, absolutely.

“We did well for all the game, but 11 players you have to control the game with the ball.

“We have to do it 11 against 11 but when you have a team like this in their stadium it’s never easy. With 11 against 10 it has to be easier than this.”


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