Jesse Marsch has been quoted by Football London on Saturday evening in his post-match press conference as saying the fourth official told him there was a foul in the lead up to Harry Kane’s goal – as Tottenham beat Leeds United 4-3.
An enthralling game saw Crysencio Summerville open the scoring with a neat finish. Kane equalised, before Rodrigo scored the first of two goals with a lovely volley. Ben Davies made it 2-2 from distance, before Rodrigo netted again.
However, a late brace from Rodrigo Bentancur – something he is becoming renowned for at Spurs – saw Antonio Conte’s side win 4-3. Harsh on our side, but plenty of positives. However, the defensive issues continue to crop up.
With Kane scoring from a corner, Illan Meslier looks as though he was impeded by Clement Lenglet. It prevented the Leeds goalkeeper from collecting the ball as Kane scored. Marsch told what the fourth official said during VAR’s check.
“It’s a foul. The fourth official told me it’s a foul and then it goes to VAR but the goal is given. What am I meant to do? Freak out like I did against Brentford?” Marsch said in his post-match press conference, as per Football London.
Marsch says fourth official told him there was a foul as Leeds lose 4-3
Replays show it clear as day. There is an obvious push on Meslier, so why has VAR not ruled against the goal? Did the home crowd play a part? Or do they not think it is a clear and obvious mistake. Leeds should feel very hard done by.
However, we are to blame for the defending of Tottenham’s other goals. Something that has characterised Marsch’s tenure of late. His desire to push forward and press sees us score goals, but incredibly vulnerable if the press is beaten.
Brentford, Fulham, Bournemouth and other games this season are examples. Against Tottenham, it was the same story. Something to work on for Marsch during the break, given only three players are going to the World Cup.