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Tottenham manager considers player sales after 4-0 Chelsea defeat

"What you cannot do is get outfought and out-desired and I do not want to see that happening again, that capitulation"

Tim Sherwood angry with application of team following heavy loss at Stamford Bridge

Tottenham Hotspur seemed to be holding their own against Chelsea on Saturday although a Jan Vertonghen mistake led to Samuel Eto’o scoring the opener in the 56th minute and things went from bad to worse when Younes Kaboul was dismissed minutes later.

The final score ended 4-0 to Chelsea and led to Tim Sherwood locking the players in the visiting dressing room after the match for two hours, with a full and frank discussion taking place when it came to the surrender that took place in the second half.

Sherwood was apparently so dismayed by the performance that talks have been held with chairman Daniel Levy regarding the sale of some players in the squad as Tottenham already start to look ahead to next season.

“Anyone can get outplayed,” said Sherwood. “What you cannot do is get outfought and out-desired and I do not want to see that happening again, that capitulation. I want the same desire and attitude from minute one to minute 95. I won’t tolerate anything less than that and the players know that now. I want players who want to play for the club and they’ve got between now and the end of the season to show that. I don’t think at any football club any player should be doing the club a favour by playing for them.

“It’s come to a stage where we have to start looking at pre-season. I’m the one planning it at the moment and looking at different personnel. The boys here have an opportunity to prove that they want to stay. If not, they’ll be moved on and we’ll look for replacements. I know the DNA of the guys and I know the ones I can trust and those I can’t.”

Sherwood claimed that the entire squad are playing for their Tottenham futures, claiming that he’s not a babysitter and perhaps we will see a reaction from Spurs in this week’s home matches against Benfica and Arsenal.

All odds were correct at time of posting.