Antonio Conte was left embarrassed on his return to Stamford Bridge as his Tottenham Hotspur side suffered yet another defeat to his former club.
And struggling defender Japhet Tanganga played a big part in their downfall.
The Italian head coach was forced into naming a very interesting starting XI and a change to his usual formation too, as Spurs lined up in a 4-4-2, with the 22-year-old academy product at right-back.
It’s fair to say that his England U21 teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi had his number from minute one. By the time Tanganga was booked in just the 37th minute, he was a walking liability.
Right after the break, the Blues opened the scoring through Hakim Ziyech, who curled a tremendous finesse shot past a helpless Hugo Lloris and that was all down to the work of Hudson-Odoi after he beat the Spurs disaster all ends up.
He really should have done better, as alluded to by the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick in his post-match ratings column and on Twitter, where he graded Tanganga amongst Spurs’ worst performers.
‘A weak link, particularly after he was booked. Too easily beaten by Callum Hudson-Odoi in [the] build-up to Ziyech’s goal,’ he wrote, whilst he tweeted: “He’s been the weak link for Spurs & walking a tightrope since his booking.”
The Lilywhites really struggled to find a way back into the game after the young defender’s mistake, his third in as many games against the Champions of Europe.
Indeed, he won just two of his eight duels (25%) against Hudson-Odoi and co, whilst his 19 touches of the ball were comfortably the fewest of any starter for either team, including Lloris between the sticks (34) and the man who replaced him in the 57th minute, Oliver Skipp (28).
Elsewhere, he was dribbled past three times and he committed three fouls. It’s no wonder Conte hooked him to save further embarrassment as he was merely one more blunder away from being given his marching orders.
Spurs will be lucky if AC Milan are still keen to sign him after that display.
Tanganga endured an absolute nightmare at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night, if the Italians are still lingering around for his signature, then Fabio Paratici must take it and run.