Tottenham: Media slams Cristian Romero’s Champions League display
The media ripped into Cristian Roemor for his shocking performance for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
The Lowdown: Disappointing return to the side
Romero was seen as a big miss for Spurs on the weekend when they shipped four goals away to Leicester City as he served a one-game suspension for picking up two bookings against Manchester City.
However, based on his performance out in Milan Spurs may well have been better off keeping the Argentine out of the starting lineup for another game as he was at fault for the opening goal.
The World Cup winner was easily beaten in the air by full-back Theo Hernandez which allowed the Frenchman to race into the box and eventually saw his fixed effort fall to Ibrahim Diaz who headed home at the second attempt.
The Latest: Romero fails to impress
A lot of the media were far from impressed by what they saw from Romero at the San Siro for being sloppy in the build-up to the first goal and then also picking up a needless booking.
Presenter Max Rushden claimed that Romero was ‘needlessly violent‘ amid the defender picking up his sixth yellow card in five games for Tottenham.
Journalist Jamie Braidwood was also not impressed by what he saw from the Argentine as he dug him out throughout the game labelling him ‘reckless‘ before also claiming he ‘had a nightmare‘.
Jackk Pitt-Brooke from The Athletic insisted that Romero was indeed ‘testing the limits‘ which may have been putting it lightly after his yellow card challenge was checked for a red by VAR.
Kyle Bonn highlighted how effective and dangerous Rafael Leao was against Spurs, but more specifically, against Romero claiming the Portuguese attacker ‘shredded‘ the defender.
The Verdict: Conte must calm Romero down
Romero simply must calm down if he is going to be the leader of Tottenham’s defence during this period of time and in the future as Conte nor any other manager can rely on a centre-back that gets booked so often.
It wasn’t just his yellow card and role in the winning goal that was of note for the wrong reason but his stats certainly didn’t make for pleasant reading either as the Argentine made just one tackle, lost possession eight times and was dribbled past once as well (Sofascore).
Losing 1-0 away from home is certainly not the end of the world for Conte to Spurs as they will surely back themselves to at least achieve the same feat when they welcome AC Milan to north London next month.