Guglielmo Vicario was furious with his Tottenham Hotspur teammates during Friday’s defeat to Manchester City.
Spurs crashed out of the FA Cup after a late Nathan Ake goal handed Pep Guardiola’s side a deserved win in north London.
Ange Postecoglou’s men defended resolutely on the night but were way below their best in an attacking sense. Tottenham struggled to play through City’s press and gave the ball away in dangerous areas on multiple occasions.
Guglielmo Vicario has proven to be key to Tottenham’s brand of football this term, helping Postecoglou’s side to play out from the back with ease.
But the 27-year-old was forced to go long a few times on Friday, largely down to City’s relentless pressing.
And Vicario wasn’t happy with his teammate’s efforts to show for the ball, with Gold claiming the Italian was ‘going crazy’ after being forced to hoof the ball out for a throw-in.
Vicario furious with Tottenham teammates vs City
Speaking in his latest YouTube video, Gold shared what Vicario did after being offered no options while attempting to play out from the back.
“There was a moment when Vicario got the ball and he had no one to pass to,” the journalist said. “That is not the Postecoglou system, there is always someone being brave looking for a quick pass but no one was there.
“He had to deliberately boot it out of play to the side and he went mad! I know he got the nickname in Italy, some broadcasters called him ‘Venom’ because he would get so angry on the pitch at things his teammates did or whoever.”
“I haven’t seen him get as angry as he did yesterday,” Gold added. “I think he had a bit of a go at Sess after the end of the Burnley game.
“But this one was probably the angriest I’ve seen him. He went mad at everyone in front of him. It may well have been at [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg but I don’t want to pin it on him if it wasn’t.
“He was going crazy and essentially doing that [gesturing] with his hands as if to say ‘come back’.”
Hojbjerg started as the No.6 in Postecoglou’s midfield three on Friday evening and wasn’t showing for the ball as frequently as he would have been expected to.
The 28-year-old did put in a solid performance on the whole but his reluctance to receive the ball under pressure put Tottenham’s defence under increased pressure.
You can understand why Vicario was furious as the £17 million man usually has a host of options to choose from.
Spurs were simply outplayed on Friday evening and while they weren’t at their best, you have to give City some credit.
Guardiola’s side nullified Tottenham’s approach of playing out from the back and Vicario’s fury would suggest that City’s gameplan worked.