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Rio Ferdinand blasts Erik Lamela on BT Sport for trying a rabona in Tottenham defeat to Leeds

Published on: 08 May 2021

Rio Ferdinand questioned the attitude of Tottenham's players after their 3-1 defeat to Leeds United, in particular for not showing their frustration with Erik Lamela when the Argentine tried to pull off a rabona while his side chased the game.

Son Heung-min cancelled out Stuart Dallas' early goal to draw Spurs level in the first half but Leeds hit back with a goal  from Patrick Bamford shortly before halftime.

Rodrigo Moreno struck late to seal a defeat which saw Spurs' slim hopes of sneaking into the Champions League places fade even further.

Substitute Lamela was the target of Rio Ferdinand's criticism on BT Sport although the pundit extended his disbelief to the whole Spurs team after not a single player had a go at the winger for his futile attempt at flair.

'Lamela came on and at times he had impact. There was a moment where he tried a rabona. You're 3-1 down in this moment,' Ferdinand said.

The important thing was the reaction in Spurs shirts. I was looking for someone to get on to him.'

The former Manchester United and England defender contrasted the Spurs' players passive reaction to his playing days and also felt their inaction made Leeds see that they were losing belief in their ability to get back into the game.

Ferdinand added: 'I couldn't imagine being in a team where that player doesn't get a rollicking. There's got to be someone in there to say, "listen, we're here to get results".

'If there were fans here, you would have been jeered off the pitch. There would have been a queue of people wanting to get at him.

'What does that signal to the other team? 'They're not serious, they're not serious about this.' You have to look right.'

Leeds inflicted a first Premier League defeat on Spurs' interim coach Ryan Mason since he succeeded Jose Mourinho last month and all but ended his side's chance of gatecrashing the top four.

'Today was a massive game for us, to lose it hurts,' Mason told BT Sport.

'It's difficult to win in the Premier League but we've got to have our full attention on next week now.

'We had moments but we weren't clinical enough at times.

'In the second half we were the better team. The moments we had, you have to take them in these games.'


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