Former Manchester Untied captain Keane took aim at Kane and his teammates for their largely abject displays as Chelsea thumped Tottenham 3-0 in a Premier League London derby on Sunday
Roy Keane has slammed Harry Kane ‘s body language and blasted Tottenham Hotspur ‘s stars in their defeat to Chelsea.
Spurs were on the end of a 3-0 thumping for the second week in a row, this time courtesy of the Blues, who scored all three of their goals in the second half.
Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rüdiger netted, sending Chelsea top of the Premier League on alphabetical order ahead of Liverpool.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side started well but Thomas Tuchel made changes to his team and system at half-time, turning the London derby in the visitors’ favour.
Post-match, Keane was critical of Tottenham on the whole and picked out Kane as an example of their Sunday woes.
He began by praising the victors, telling Sky Sports: “I thought Chelsea were excellent, we know what they’re about, real quality, a lot of energy, desire, men versus boys.
“I can’t believe how poor Spurs were but you can have an off day and lose to quality but lack of desire like we saw with the second and probably third, all the goals. Talk about putting your body on the line.
“The game is 90 minutes long, they done well in the first half, it doesn’t matter. It’s over the course of the game, you get through your difficult spells, try and survive, stay in the game,” the former Manchester United captain said.
“Chelsea had an amazing team you seen it with the substitutions they brought on, pure quality.”
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Keane then went in on Kane and co by saying: “I’ve no problem with Tottenham being short of quality, even Kane’s body language today, his performance today Kane, oh my goodness.
“I’m pretty angry watching Spurs there, you talk about football, the second goal the difference between desire and wanting to win a football match we seen that.
“Tottenham players not doing the basics, I’m talking about closing someone down, putting your body on the line, that comes from within, we can criticise maybe the coach and a lot of other stuff but get to the ball, stop the shot, put your body on the line.”
Graeme Sounness agreed with Keane’s assessment, stating: “We talk about Chelsea and how wonderful they are, they’re all doing the basics right, stopping the cross, putting blocks in, pressing together.”
“Spurs looked a team that’s not a team, they’re making fundamental mistakes which led to goals at this level you don’t do the basics right you get punished.”
One point Keane made was regarding Chelsea’s opening goal, when Silva headed the Blues in front from a corner.
The ex-United captain was critical of Spurs’ desire to get to the ball but fellow pundit Micah Richards countered: “If you’re a Spurs player you think he’s going to be on the edge of the box. He comes in, it’s where he makes the run from.
“By the time he [Dele Alli] engages the ball it’s in the back of the net.”
Keane hit back: “It’s not confusing, Micah. It’s somebody going to attack the ball and head the ball. Good delivery, he put it in the right area of course but who really wants to head the football and that’s it.”