Rio Ferdinand react to the news that comes out of Tottenham yesterday


Tottenham went down to 10 men in the first half of their Premier League match against Luton Town but still held on for a 1-0 win. The three points took them top of the league, at least until the match between Manchester City and Arsenal on Sunday. Rio Ferdinand praised Tottenham’s mental strength and the central-defensive pairing of Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero.

Rio Ferdinand praised Tottenham for a “huge result” after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Luton took them top of the Premier League table in the early kick-off on Saturday live on TNT Sports.
Tottenham won courtesy of a Micky van de Ven goal that proved to be the winner, but it was a victory made more complicated by Yves Bissouma seeing red towards the end of the first half because of a reckless second yellow for simulation.
Ange Postecoglou switched forward Richarlison for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at half-time, and both Cristian Romero and Van de Ven stepped up to keep Luton at bay for the remainder of the match.

Speaking after the match on TNT Sports, Ferdinand suggested that last year’s Spurs side would not have had the mental strength to see out the match.
He said: “I think this is a huge result for the changing room. The fan base too, obviously, but most importantly the changing room.
“I think there was a softness to this Tottenham team over the last year or so. Last season, they would have lost this game, they would have gone down to 10 men, and capitulated.”

“Romero and Van de Ven were top class,” he said. “[But it’s] too early to talk about the championship.”
Jermaine Jenas praised the Tottenham manager for adjusting his line-up ahead of the second half.
He said: “The manager had a massive decision at half-time to make. Taking off Richarlison, who was indifferent and bringing on Hojbjerg to steady the ship in midfield, and they still had the threat going forward with Son and Maddison.
“He shored it up, it was a great decision.”
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