The pressure to finish the season in the Premier League’s top four is really beginning to get to Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s boys needed three points at Bournemouth today to secure Champions League football for next season – but the occasion really seemed to get to them.
Poch opted to field a strong line-up for today’s early kick-off – with their main attacking threat of Son Heung-min returning after his midweek Champions League suspension – while the Cherries gave teenager goalkeeper Mark Travers his Premier League debut.
And Travers threatened to steal the headlines in the first-half with a number of smart saves to keep the score at 0-0, had it not been for Son’s moment of madness before the break.
With a minute to go before halftime, the South Korean bustled with Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma for the ball and eventually conceded a free-kick, before uncharacteristically swiping his opponent in the face.
As Lerma fell to the floor, referee Craig Pawson showed Son a straight red card – which will keep him out of their last game of the season against Everton.
At halftime, Poch decided to make a double substitution – taking off the already-booked Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier and sending on Juan Foyth and Victor Wanyama in their place – only for Foyth to receive a red card himself barely three minutes into the half.
The young Argentinian seemed to lose control of the ball on the edge of the pitch and stuck out his leg in a challenge with the Cherries’ Jack Simpson, who fell to the floor in agony.
Much like the decision with Son, the referee went straight for his red card, putting Spurs down to nine men.
It could’ve been even worse in the first-half, with Dier lucky to avoid a red card for a rash challenge on Josh King while already on a yellow card.