Ferdinand rips into ‘worrying’ Spurs following ‘aimless’ display in Chelsea defeat

Rio Ferdinand has ripped into Tottenham following an ‘aimless’ display in defeat to Chelsea and admits the club’s current form is ‘worrying’.

Spurs were beaten for the third consecutive league fixture as Chelsea continued their unbeaten start under new manager Thomas Tuchel, a first-half penalty from Jorginho proving the difference between the two sides after Eric Dier was adjudged to have fouled Timo Werner.


The win moves Chelsea above their London rivals into sixth and leaves Spurs seven points adrift of the Champions League places, with Jose Mourinho criticising the decision of referee Andre Marriner to penalise Dier for the game’s only goal.

Ferdinand believes Mourinho has far greater concerns, however, and was critical of a lacklustre showing from the north London side in the absence of the injured Harry Kane, admitting their current performances are ‘worrying’ as they bid to secure a top four finish.

“It was an aimless performance,” the former Man Utd defender said on BT Sport. “Nothing to it. No personality.

“If Kane doesn’t play, the personality is drained straight out of the team. No confidence, no character, no leader. Nobody driving the team.

“Whether that’s the players or the manager who needs to drive this time, I think it’s a combination of both.

“We saw them against Brighton last week and Brighton looked like the team going for Champions League football. It’s worrying.

“They are not far off the Champions League in terms of points, but the way they are performing of late is a worry.”

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