‘Spurs gamers had been sick in all places – lasagne-gate vs West Ham was horrendous’

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has reminisced about his horror expertise in the course of the notorious “lasagne-gate”.

The 41-year-old spent eight years in North London and was a part of the facet that had been inches away from clinching Champions League soccer for the primary time within the membership’s historical past again in 2006.

Going into the ultimate day of the 2005-06 marketing campaign, Spurs took on West Ham at Upton Park needing to match or higher Arsenal‘s consequence in opposition to Wigan to clinch their place within the prime 4.

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However, tragedy struck the squad the evening earlier than the sport as a considerable variety of first-team gamers fell ailing as a consequence of suspected meals poisoning, with a lodge lasagna believed to be the offender.

Unfortunately for Spurs, the impact of the tacky dish was monumental as they suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to their London rivals and dropped beneath the Gunners within the Premier League desk to overlook out on Champions League soccer.

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Spurs lost 2-1 to West Ham to miss out on Champions League football
Spurs misplaced 2-1 to West Ham to overlook out on Champions League soccer

While the lasagna obtained a ton of dangerous press, it was later revealed that it was as an alternative an outbreak of norovirus that precipitated the illness of the Spurs gamers. Almost 18 years on from that fateful day, Jenas spoke to former Hammers captain Mark Noble and defined that the notorious incident precipitated a “dislike” of their East London enemies.

“The moment [the rivalry] hit me, from a Spurs perspective, that there’s a dislike now, was when we apparently got poisoned with lasagna,” TNT Sports pundit Jenas said to Noble. “Last sport of the season, we’ve obtained Arsenal on the ropes. We’ve simply obtained to beat yourselves [West Ham] and we’re within the Champions League for the primary time.

Michael Carrick and Jermaine Defoe
Michael Carrick demanded to be subbed off as a consequence of how sick he felt

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“The game was what it was. I think we went 1-0 up and you ended up beating us (West Ham in fact took the lead). There was this moment where we were sat in the dressing room and there were eight, nine, 10 people being sick everywhere. One is in the toilet, one’s in the sink, one’s in a bucket, everyone’s just being sick everywhere.”

The ex-England worldwide then revealed “and then all you could hear was the biggest party ever going on in the dressing room opposite” as he continued to elucidate simply how torrid the state of affairs grew to become for a number of gamers.

Tottenham Hotspur players
It would have been the primary time Spurs had competed within the Champions League

“Edgar [Davids] was the only player that didn’t have any type of food poisoning and he had a nightmare on the day,” Jenas mentioned. “This is no joke. I was sat there with Martin Jol as the game is going on, or just behind him, and he’s turning around. You know sometimes you can hear the manager saying: ‘he’s having one’, this that and the other, let’s take him off.

“So he’s gone as much as get the board as much as take off Edgar, and Michael Carrick has come working over and gone: ‘Don’t you dare – I can’t final one other second on this pitch, take me off now’. He needed to hold Edgar on – that’s how dangerous Carrick and all people else was.”

The two groups tackle one another on Tuesday (April 2) the place a win for Spurs by greater than two targets will see them leapfrog Aston Villa into fourth place, no less than briefly till they face Manchester City 24 hours later.