Jacob Murphy sent Newcastle ahead after just 61 seconds and from there it was blow after blow. Joelinton extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes later, before Murphy scored his third goal in the ninth minute.
Then followed two goals from Alexander Isak within two minutes after 18 and 20 minutes and suddenly the home team were leading 5-0, which was a key game in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League.
– Surprise is a term we use too often, but right now, in a football context, we are witnessing a shock, says Viaplay expert commentator Lars Tjærnås.
The game eventually ended 6-1.
– It’s probably a lack of pride, Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris told Sky Sports.
– This is so embarassing. “We should probably apologize to the fans who went here to see the game,” he continued.
After 5-0, Tottenham also took action. Pape Matar Sarr was substituted and defender Davinson Sánchez came on. With just 23 minutes played, Sarr was substituted in, in the 20-year-old’s second league game since starting for Tottenham.
– I think it’s very brutal. Sacking Sarr after 20 minutes and making him the scapegoat, where so many more established players have failed… I just thought, excuse me, bad leadership. Naturally, he’s not quite the Sarr either, but who has ever been on the away team? When you first get the chance, it can’t be about you. Now I feel that I am being angry here, said Tjærnas.
Sarr’s replacement has also come under heavy criticism at studio Viaplay.
– I think it’s really weak. He found a scapegoat and that was youngster Sarr, instead highlighting that it was unacceptable and using the opportunity to single out established players. Instead, you mark it in young people who got a rare opportunity early on, says Pål André Helland.
He also credited the fact that Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris was substituted at half-time in favor of Fraser Forster. According to Lloris, injury was the reason he was substituted.
– You don’t see it every day. You really have to say that, said former Arsenal man Fredrik Ljungberg at Viaplay studios.
– What a shame
Reactions poured in on social media and among football pundits after the first 20 minutes.
– I don’t know what to say now. Newcastle were brilliant and I’m not going to take anything away from their performance but there was chaos at Tottenham. It’s an absolute disgrace, says former Tottenham player Chris Waddle BBC radio streaming.
– Shame on Tottenham, wrote Jamie Carragher on Twitter.
– I can’t think of a similar collapse, says Sky Sports Alan Smith.
Tottenham parted ways with manager Antonio Conte at the end of March.
Up front, Conte worked hard on the press conference. where he said that at Tottenham they are used to not getting it done.
– A lot was said when he exploded, but here’s why he did it. Everything he said turned out to be true, said former Newcastle player Kieron Dyer on Sky Sports.
It is Conte’s former assistant, Cristian Stellini, who now leads the London team. He would basically lead the team the whole season.
Nick Wright on Sky Sports described Tottenham’s start to the game as a disaster.
– It was a horror film, said Wright, and continued:
– Without the right manager at this critical point in the season, a month since Antonio Conte was sacked, it is unsustainable and we see why. The Tottenham players looked like they didn’t know where to be or what to do. Heads must turn, Wright believes.
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