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Stoke chairman excuses Ramadan from criticism after Spurs defeat

Stoke chairman excuses Ramadan from criticism after Spurs defeat

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has criticised the whole squad except Ramadan Sobhi after his side’s big loss against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Sobhi played the full 90 minutes, but couldn’t change the scoreline as Stoke were trashed 4-0 by Tottenham. However, his performance didn’t go unnoticed by the chairman, who excused him from the criticism.

The Potters’ poor performance made the chairman upset as he said that the players looked like as they were still on the beach in Dubai, but singled out Ramadan’s performance against the Spurs.

“It was a very limp performance, very poor, very disappointing. The only one I would excuse from any criticism is Ramadan,” Coates said.

“Tottenham had just had a tough game in midweek (v Gent in Europa League), but they played with great energy and commitment, while we looked as if we were still on the beach. Nobody turned up.

“Here we are, playing one of the top teams in the country who’ve won their last nine at home. What are we expecting, a walk in the park?

“We were poor, one of our poorest performances of the season, and thank goodness we haven’t had too many, but that was certainly one of them.

“Tottenham certainly coasted second half, or it could have been worse,” he added.

Stoke City are currently tenth in the English Premier League with 32 points and their next game will be against Middlesbrough on Saturday, March 4 at the Britannia Stadium.

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