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“He’s not interested”: Graeme Souness slams 26-year-old Spurs player after 57th minute moment vs Chelsea

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Graeme Souness has told Sky Sports (broadcast on 19/9; 18:39) that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could have prevented Chelsea’s second goal and slammed the Spurs star for not closing N’Golo Kante down.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men somewhat capitulated after a bright first-half display against the Blues at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The visitors took the lead four minutes after the break. And they doubled their advantage shortly after when Kante’s effort from outside the box deflected off Eric Dier.

Hugo Lloris could do little about the attempt, which, agonisingly, trickled over the line after coming off the post.

But Souness believes that Tottenham could have easily prevented that goal.

However, Hojbjerg seemed to stay on the edge of the box rather than close the Frenchman down. And following the game, Souness criticised the Dane for standing off and not doing more to prevent Kante from getting a shot away.

“These are basic things. If you’re Hojbjerg, a central midfield player, there’s certain things you do in a game where you’re on autopilot, they just come natural,” he told Sky Sports.

“The ball’s gone back out, I’m out, I’m not standing there holding hands with Dier. I’m useless, I’m not doing anything.

“He’s just walking out, he’s not interested. Get out and engage Kante now, sprint. Sprint now, and that’s not a goal for them.”

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