Tottenham Hotspur’s recent defeat to Sheffield United in the FA Cup has left the club’s board fuming with the team selection made by the coaching staff. This latest setback has also dashed Tottenham’s hopes of ending their 15-year trophy drought this season.
The Lilywhites were just one home tie against Blackburn Rovers away from securing a Wembley semi-final had they managed to win at Bramall Lane. Unfortunately, Tottenham produced a lacklustre performance, which resulted in Iliman Ndiaye’s 79th-minute goal that ultimately sent Spurs crashing out of the competition.
According to The Sun, the Tottenham hierarchy was unhappy with the team selection made by the coaching staff, with reports suggesting that the board wanted the team to have a proper go at winning the FA Cup. Furthermore, they were disappointed with the decision to bench Harry Kane, who has been one of Tottenham’s standout players this season.
After the match, Cristian Stellini defended his team selection, stating that he had no regrets about resting Kane. The Italian revealed that the striker had been ill just a week ago and needed some time to recover.
Despite the coaching staff’s reasoning, some fans have taken to social media to blame the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, for prioritising the top four over winning a trophy. However, this is a laughable suggestion, as Levy has always been a staunch advocate of winning silverware and has invested heavily in the team to achieve that goal.
It’s also highly unlikely that Levy would have instructed Conte to rest Kane for the FA Cup game. The Spurs chairman is a savvy businessman and understands the importance of winning trophies for the club’s prestige and financial future.
Furthermore, Conte is a highly experienced coach who would not tolerate any interference from the board in his team selection. He is known for being single-minded and focused on achieving his objectives, so it’s highly unlikely that he would have listened to any instructions from the board that could jeopardise the team’s chances of winning.
In conclusion, Tottenham’s recent defeat in the FA Cup has left the board disappointed, but it’s unfair to blame them for the team’s performance. The coaching staff made the decision to rest Kane, and it’s up to them to take responsibility for the team’s failure to progress in the competition. Nonetheless, Tottenham must now regroup and focus on their remaining fixtures to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.