(Video) Erik Lamela adds insult to injury after horror tackle on Dwight McNeil

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Tottenham Hotspur attacker Erik Lamela was spotted pinching a Burnley water bottle after a horror tackle on midfielder Dwight McNeil left the Englishman needing on-field treatment.

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Lamela, 28, has emerged as a first-team regular under Spurs boss Jose Mourinho after featuring in eight competitive matches in all competitions already this season.

Mourinho is known for his physical demands on his players, but perhaps even the Portuguese mastermind wouldn’t have appreciated seeing Lamela’s horror tackle on Burnley’s McNeil during his side’s 1-0 Premier League win last night.

The South American attacker went in hard on McNeil with his studs clearly visible and whilst Sean Dyche’s leading midfielder was receiving treatment, Lamela added insult to injury by pinching the Burnley water bottle.

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  1. Nice for clicks, but not.true. This was not a “horror tackle” it was a good uncompromising challenge that wins the ball. Studs will always show when you slide tackle otherwise they’d get stuck in the turf. He didn’t jump in with both feet simultaneously, didn’t go over the top of the ball, didn’t deliberately set out to endanger an opponent and the officials agreed which is why he stayed on the pitch. I’m not really sure what he’s supposed to have done to warrant the term “horror tackle”. Although stealing the water bottle was unforgivable…

    1. I will consider it a ‘good’ challenge when he at least connects with the leg his opponent is using to control the ball.

      He’s about 10 years too late and goes right across McNeil..

      Anyway – We can always agree to disagree but thank you for your great feedback regarding headline – I fear had it not have been for my chosen vocabulary, I would never have had the chance to speak to you.

      1. He can’t be held responsible for where an opponent plants their leg once he’s started a challenge and if he’s 10 years too late how does he get the ball? You are of course entitled to your opinion, it just happens to be wrong on this occasion. Still lovely to talk to you though.

  2. Even Sean Dyche has said in interview that he didn’t believe it was a red and is glad it wasn’t given. Good man Sean, would be so easy to agree with the VAR super slo-mo brigade where everything looks worse than it actually was. Football is a contact sport and is one of the key things that make our beautiful game so watchable, maybe the armchair refs should consider that. I doubt it though, that doesn’t get the clicks for all the nice shiny adverts.

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