Tottenham had two-hour crisis meeting after Chelsea defeat, claims Sandro
Tim Sherwood didn’t mince his words after Spurs lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge
March 13th, 2014
Tottenham Hotspur take on Benfica in the Europa League tonight and it has emerged that the players were given a dressing down following last Saturday’s embarrassing 4-0 reverse against Chelsea.
Tim Sherwood was positively furious following a second-half which saw the team make some elementary mistakes at the back, with Jan Vertonghen’s slip allowing Samuel Eto’o to open the scoring before the floodgates opened.
Spurs now have two big games coming up, with Benfica arriving tonight before a North London derby on Sunday which represents Tottenham’s last chance of getting back into contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Sandro has revealed that the players were locked in the dressing room for two hours following that 4-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, with a crisis meeting taking place after an inquest was opened as to why the team crumpled like a wet paper bag.
“We spent more than two hours in a meeting amongst the players and we said what we had to say,” he said.
“From now on, we know that we all have to listen when anyone says something. It was after the manager’s conference with the press.
“We had a meeting with the players. Sometimes one player got a bit more stressed out and we tried to calm him down and talk in a nice way. We spent about two hours that way. Every player had their fair share to say, put it that way. We all spoke amongst ourselves.
“For me, to be honest, it helped a lot because now I can go and tell another player, and another player can tell me. The manager likes it. Everyone can go for it now, and I think it will help.
“I think that is positive from ourselves and we have to show in the next match that we can do much better. And we will prove that. I am sure we will show much more character in the next matches.”
Sandro also admitted that Sherwood’s comments to the press were repeated in the dressing room, although any idea that the players rebelled against the manager seem wide of the mark.
“He said the same thing to us as what he said to the press,” the 24-year-old said.
“I know the manager is with us and we are with the manager. We need to show a bit more in next match to tell the manager that we care. We will do that.
“Sometimes when you lose games in that way everyone gets cross and we all scream and shout.
“Maybe some managers shout more than others. (Former manager Andre) Villas-Boas, for example, liked to pull you aside and have a nice chat to you to explain things.
“But other managers are more vocal. As professional football players, we have to work with all managers and do our best for them and for us.”