Tottenham Hotspur slumped to their fourth defeat in just five Premier League games on Wednesday night.
Having already lost to Chelsea, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in a rotten run of form, Spurs became just the third team to suffer a league defeat at the hands of Burnley this season.
Despite flying high on the back of their breath-taking 3-2 win at Manchester City over the weekend, the north London could hardly have experienced a bigger reality check than a 1 -0 loss at Turf Moor.
Bentancur vs Burnley
In a performance so bad that Antonio Conte even hinted at leaving the club in his post-match interviews, Ben Mee proved the difference between the two sides by scoring an emphatic second-half header.
However, truth be told, you got the feeling that luck simply wasn’t on Tottenham’s side from the first few minutes in the north-west with Rodrigo Bentancur suffering an unfortunate moment.
With Conte wanting to make his stamp on the north London club, Bentancur was brought in from Juventus in a highly-praised deal and made just his fifth appearance for his new employers against Burnley.
And his trip to the wet and windy home of Sean Dyche’s men was almost over after less than seven minutes when it looked as though he might be substituted with an early injury.
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Bentancur dropped by skill vs Burnley
Why? Well, because the Uruguayan midfielder came up second best in a one-on-one situation against Josh Brownhill that culminated in the Burnley man wiggling away by changing direction.
Naturally, Bentancur tried to shift his balance to rectify the fact that he’d been sent to the shops, but a combination of Brownhill’s original skill and the wet surface meant that he went crashing to the turf.
In what looked like a nasty loss of balance that all-too accurately illustrated the quip ‘folded like a deckchair’, Bentancur seemed to cave in on himself as his Burnley rival dribbled off into the distance.
It really did look like a painful moment for Bentancur both in terms of the damage from the fall and the humiliation of the skill in the first place, so be sure to check out his run-in with Brownhill down below:
He sent Bentancur back to Turin with an injury 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/lfZ4c6vHkP— Yavuz (@yavuzafc) February 23, 2022
Bentancur got his ankles confiscated😖😖😖😖 pic.twitter.com/hjtUzrXVfp— AS4036ix (@CalgonKid) February 23, 2022
Bentancur finally getting exposed 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/qovKSx692k— JClub 🇮🇹 (@blvckgianni) February 23, 2022
Ouch. It happens to the best of us, Rodrigo, it happens to the best of us.
Bentancur came off at half-time
It goes to show that the simplest change of direction can be all that it takes to get the better of someone on a football pitch and clearly it’s particularly the case on a wet and windy night in Burnley.
Besides, Bentancur was evidently in a great deal of pain and needed to be seen by the Tottenham physio staff with many fans understandably assuming that he would be coming off injured.
And although that wasn’t the case in the immediate aftermath, Football.London report that the 24-year-old could be seen holding his thigh and later his hip once he returned to the pitch.
As such, Bentancur was taken off at half-time for Harry Winks in a decision that was presumably brought about by the earlier Brownhill episode.
It certainly wasn’t a decision that helped Tottenham’s cause with their attacking efforts continuing to look blunted, bruised and broken with Conte’s future now set to dominate the nation’s back pages.
We hope that Bentancur hasn’t seriously injured himself and will be back on the pitch for Spurs at the next possible opportunity.