Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (EPL) failed to prevent a ‘catastrophe’ by conceding six goals and collapsing miserably. In the midst of this, Antonio Conte (53, Italy), who was sacked last month, was re-examined locally.
Tottenham was completely defeated 1-6 in the 2022-2023 season EPL round 32 away match against Newcastle United held at St. James Park in Newcastle, England at 10:00 pm (Korean time) on the 23rd. In the ‘catastrophe’, Harry Kane (29)’s comeback goal saved Young-pae.
With this defeat, Tottenham fell into a swamp of two consecutive losses, and was ‘swept’ as they lost both confrontations with Newcastle this season. While remaining in 5th place on the leaderboard (16 wins, 5 draws, 10 losses, 53 points), the gap with Manchester United (59 points) in 4th place became 6 points even after two more matches.
Rather, Tottenham was placed in a situation where it was being pursued by Aston Villa (51 points) in 6th place. And, given the current atmosphere, flow, and performance, there are observations that it is not strange that the rankings change. As an observatory, even advances to the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) are in jeopardy.
On this day, Tottenham took a ‘surprising’ tactical change by coming out with a back four tactic instead of the back three tactic used throughout the season. However, there were great concerns. The defensive balance issue was raised because Ivan Perisic (33) and Pedro Poro (23), who played as left and right fullbacks, had strong aggressive tendencies. In addition, the fact that Eric Dyer (29) has not stopped making mistakes recently was also the background of the worrisome prospect. 메이저사이트
As expected, tactical changes were poisonous. Tottenham showed an unstable appearance in defense and conceded a goal in the 2nd minute of kick-off. Then, in the 6th and 9th minutes, in the 19th and 21st minutes of the first half, they gave up the atmosphere completely, and in the 22nd minute in the second half, the sixth goal came out and collapsed helplessly. And with the defeat, coach Conte’s ‘remarks’ were re-examined.
British media ‘Cut Offside’ said: “Coach Conte said, ‘The problem is that it is not a team. The players don’t play for important goals, they don’t want to play under pressure and stress. He said, ‘This is the reality of Tottenham. You have been the owner for 20 years, but you have to think about why you haven’t got anything.’
In fact, Tottenham failed to rebound clearly, stopping at only one win (one draw and two losses) during the four games played after coach Conte left. In particular, his ‘determination statement’ was clearly proved as he lost the match that day. Not only that, but “given the capabilities of Tottenham’s defenders, they are not suited to use the back four tactic.”