Hojbjerg admits Tottenham Hotspur were ‘too emotional’ vs Chelsea – ‘we lost control’

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Hojbjerg speaks on Spurs Credit: PA Images
Hojbjerg speaks on Spurs Credit: PA Images

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were “too emotional” against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they “lost control” of the game.

The midfielder netted Tottenham’s first equaliser on Sunday afternoon. This goal sparked a touchline melee between Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel.

Further drama ensued following the final whistle as Harry Kane made it 2-2 in stoppage time. These goals cancelled out finished from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James.

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Chelsea won three meetings in January alone to leave Conte to reflect at the time on the big gap between the clubs but Spurs have made eight signings across two transfer windows – six this summer – and, while they were not at their best at Stamford Bridge, they still left with a share of the spoils.

“If you want to be a top, top team, you have to have two players that can contribute in every position,” Hojbjerg said.

“It makes everyone stay on their toes and it’s important to keep a good mentality, know that it’s going up and down through the season, but everyone must always try to give their best to the team.

“It’s up to the manager to pick the players for each game in terms of details, the physical aspect, the emotional and technical aspect, you know? And yeah, I think we’re in a good way but, sorry without being too pessimistic, it’s difficult for me to celebrate a draw.

“But if you don’t win, they don’t win. This is something we take with us and the way we came back I thought was fantastic. Then to give the fans something to celebrate is sweet for the heart.”

Tottenham’s improved strength in depth was evident in west London with Richarlison introduced before the hour mark in a move which saw the visitors switch to a 4-2-4 formation.

It contributed towards Hojbjerg’s leveller with Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski winning the ball back inside Chelsea’s area but the hosts went back in front with 13 minutes left when James fired home after an overload situation was created on Spurs’ left-hand side.

Conte reacted by bringing on summer signings Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic, the latter slotting into a wing-back role and it was his corner which saw Kane nod home in the 95th-minute.

Ex-Chelsea manager Conte celebrated wildly, having done the same for Tottenham’s first goal, and would see red along with Tuchel after a hand shake between the passionate duo proved the catalyst for another clash.

Asked if the Italian’s energy on the touchline lifts the players, Hojbjerg responded: “It’s his personality and something as a player you know he brings. It’s important.

“I didn’t think it was necessary for the officials to be giving red cards after the game, but I didn’t see what happened so I cannot comment.

“The team showed good character, good resilience and it was also nice that we gave the fans something to celebrate, but there were moments when I think we were too far from controlling the game.

“Sometimes even without the ball you can be in control and I thought after the 1-1 especially we were a bit too emotional and lost control of the game.

“This was not, from my point of view, so good from the team. But again, the way we came back and believed was important, because we don’t win, OK, but Chelsea don’t win. This is a step forward, definitely, but it’s difficult for me to celebrate a draw.”


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