Everton’s relegation fears have been heightened after they were beaten 5-0 by Tottenham, with the Toffees finding themselves dangerously close to the bottom three of the Premier League table.
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Jamie Carragher blasted Everton’s “Champions back four” in another sober night because of the crisis over the Toffees.
Frank Lampard will be hoping to land his first consecutive win in the role, after edging past Boreham Wood in FA Cup last week.
But it quickly became clear that the besieged Everton players could not match Antonio Conte’s ruthless outfit before halftime.
The home side opened the scoring after 14 minutes as Michael Keane continued fire into his own net from a pass from Ryan Sessegnon.
Three minutes later, Heung-Min Son scored twice as he hit the underbody shot of Jordan Pickford, who should have done better.
Harry Kane then leveled with Thierry Henry on 175 Premier League when he made it 3-0 eight minutes before the break.
Any hope of a fight against a stirring Everton was wiped out just 41 seconds into the second half when Sergio Reguillon put the rubber stamp on a conventional result.
Kane then scored his fifth, just one short of Everton manager Lampard’s 177.
Spurs then went into cruise control, dropping to 45 points, with the top four already firmly back in their sights.
It is a different story for Everton, however, with a real fear of relegation for the first time since 1954.
Carragher targeted the defensive unit Lampard deployed in north London, which included Keane, Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny and Seamus Coleman.
And Carragher has dismissed the idea that Everton are too good to fall, suggesting that their back four are not at Premier League level.
“They started well for the first 10 minutes and are putting pressure on Spurs but when you talk about a team playing too well to go down, it’s because you can look at the Everton strikers, but four goals. This is again four championships. There’s no doubt about it,” Liverpool the legend told Sky Sports.
“Seamus Coleman, I really regret it. He’s been a great waiter for Everton but people are behind him too much, and that affects Everton’s recruitment.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-vs-everton-jamie-carragher-26410537 Jamie Carragher targets Everton's 'Champions back four' during Tottenham mauling