Jamie Redknapp reacts to Tottenham defeat to West Ham

Ruben Hill
April 29, 2019

Fortunately for Spurs, Llorente has experience of these occasions. 'We need to wake up everyone because if we play like this on Tuesday we will lose easily. They did so when, albeit through a combination of arm and hip, he bundled in the decisive goal in the quarter-final against Manchester City and when a former Champions League finalist - the only one in their squad - speaks, it is usually worth listening.

The South Korean is not the only key player Pochettino will have to cope without as up to five first-team stars could be sidelined due to injury.

Antonio's cowboy/D-Generation X celebration was the flawless accompaniment and in the end it was enough for West Ham to win the game; their fifth away league victory of the season. "But I don't think I can understand why the mentality of the team wasn't ready to play against West Ham". "If we are capable to beat Ajax and be in the final on June 1st, then maybe yes".

Part of the reason is nearly certainly that Tottenham are stretched towards the limit.

A second-half goal from Michail Antonio means he is the first opposition player to score at Spurs' new ground.

The 34-year-old has started only 19 games in all competitions in two seasons since he signed from Swansea, but Harry Kane is injured and Son Heung-min is suspended for the first leg against Ajax.

The Eredivisie leaders saw off Juventus and Real Madrid to make it to the semi-final and have enjoyed the luxury of a week off prior to Tuesday's clash.

"I always think each one can be the last one", he said of his unexpected return to that level. "For this, I will fight as if it is the last time".

"For me it's unbelievable". The better team won.

Speaking to reporters after a great afternoon's work for the Hammers, club captain Noble admitted the vital win for his side ensures that they will now have bragging rights over their London rivals "for the rest of time". "It's a situation we can not change".

West Ham continued to offer a counter-attacking threat despite Pellegrini throwing on an extra defender in Angelo Ogbonna and going 5-4-1, and but for Lloris' save from Antonio, and Issa Diop running out of stream when through on goal after an incredible dribble from the back, this could have been a more convincing margin of victory. Theirs was a triumph of both heart and mind.

This was far from ideal preparation for Tottenham ahead of Tuesday; but that match is so big, the prospect of qualifying for the Champions League final so exciting, that the atmosphere will surely be hugely positive on the night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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