Werner’s equalizer AS+Dragusin debuts… Tottenham without SON, draw 2-2 with Manchester United away from OT

January 15, 2024 | by

Tottenham Hootspur drew away to Old Trafford.

Tottenham had a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in the 21st round of the 2023-24 Premier League held at Old Trafford in Manchester, England at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday (local time). Tottenham maintained its fifth place and Manchester United moved up to seventh.


Tottenham has long sought to “escape from no title.” Last season, his hope seemed to come true. He has entered his second year under the leadership of Antonio Conte, dubbed the “winning contractor,” and posted better-than-expected results in his first year as a coach. During the summer transfer window, he added Yves Bissouma and Hishalisson to reinforce his team’s performance.

However, he received the worst report card. He was eliminated from all cup competitions, and his team was eliminated, and he ranked eighth in the league, failing to advance to European competition. During the season, there were rumors of discord between Hishalisson and Conte. During the season, Conte had an eventful season, including the dismissal of Conte.

Ahead of this season, the team had to rebuild itself. The team filled the vacancy that was left first. Many coaches such as Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique were nominated, but no agreement was reached.

With so many candidates, Enze Postecoglou was chosen. The team wanted to build a new system by bringing in Postecoglou, who achieved the “domestic treble” at Celtic. Of course, the situation was not optimistic. Harry Kane, who led the team for a long time, left for Bayern Munich to realize his ambition to win, and the deterioration of veteran players such as Hugo Lloris was also very noticeable. It was also a concern that Postecoglou had no “big league experience.”

However, it was just a groundless remark. Under Postecoglou, Tottenham showed an upturn in the early stages, outstanding performance. This was where Postecoglou’s tactical capabilities shone. Postecoglou declared “offensive soccer.” He has displayed this tactic even against powerhouses such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. He has remained undefeated in 10 consecutive matches. Tottenham ranked first in the league.

The atmosphere within the squad was also good. Players publicly praised each other’s performance and boosted the mood. Christian Romero, a key defender, also viewed the club’s direction well.

Of course, there were times when it creaked. It started with a crushing defeat of 1-4 against Chelsea. The exits of Romero and Bissouma, injuries to Medicine and Van der Ben. The departure of key players soon resulted in consequences. Tottenham failed to manage its best lineup and suffered back-to-back losses against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa. Since its unbeaten streak for 10 consecutive games, Tottenham has lost three straight games.

Fortunately, the team rebounded from the match against Manchester City. As the team played at the Etihad Stadium, it was expected that the game would be difficult, and the actual contents of the game were also inferior. However, it did not lose. Tottenham took the lead with Son Heung-min’s first goal, and Giovanni Lo Celso scored the equalizer even after losing two goals. Jack Grealish’s goal in the final half of the second half increased their defeat, but Dejan Kulusevski’s dramatic equalizer resulted in a 3-3 draw.

However, it failed to keep up with this trend. In the match against West Ham United, Tottenham took the lead by scoring the first goal, but collapsed due to lack of finishing touches and disorganization at the end of the second half.

Fortunately, it changed the mood. Newcastle United, which lost 1-6 to last season, was invited to its home turf and scored a whopping four goals to secure a landslide 4-1 victory. In the match, “captain” Son Heung-min scored one goal to lead his team to victory and received the highest score of the match with a 9.5 rating.

It had three consecutive wins from the game against Newcastle. It had a tough game against Nottingham Forest, but gained three points thanks to Hishalisson and Kulusevski’s points. It also secured a 2-1 victory against Everton through stable game management.

The team lost against Brighton. However, Tottenham is now a team that knows how to get out of its slump. At the previous match against Bournemouth, they scored three goals at home, and successfully renewed the mood again. Considering that Bournemouth has been continuing its strong trend lately, the 3-1 victory was a valuable result.

Hopes have also been broadened for the team’s victory. Tottenham faced a tough time when they met Burnley in an FA Cup match instead of the league in early January. Without Son Heung-min, the team failed to develop properly and finished the first half without any profit.

Against this backdrop, the defender became the troubleshooter. The protagonist is Pedro Poro. After seizing the ball through forward pressure in the 33rd minute of the second half, Poro attempted a bold mid-range shot from the right side of the half space, which cut Burnley’s net as it was. The score became the winning goal and Tottenham won the game.

Tottenham, who had a break since then, has achieved the biggest big match of this round by facing Manchester United. Son Heung-min is missing, but Postecoglou has prepared for this game in his own way.

Good news poured in. First of all, Tottenham brought Timo Werner from Leipzig to fill Son’s vacancy. Tottenham officially announced on its website on the 9th, “We are pleased to announce that we have signed Werner on loan from Leipzig. Werner will join us on loan until the end of the season, and there is also a complete transfer clause in the summer. He will wear No. 16 jersey.”

Postecoglou highly evaluated his performance. According to Football London, a British media outlet, he said, “Werner played a little differently in Leipzig. Their system was not compatible with Werner. He can be competitive enough. If Werner had played regularly and even scored a goal, he would not have come to Tottenham. We cannot afford to embrace him.”

“Our top target was center back, but I saw the possibility of Werner playing in our system. We didn’t get many chances to play in Leipzig due to the changed style of play,” he added.

On top of that, he has reinforced his center back. The hero is Genoa’s Radu Dragusin. He has completed verification of his professional career in Italian Serie A, and is a highly sought-after center back from even Bayern Munich and Napoli.

The final winner was Tottenham. Tottenham officially announced on its website on Wednesday, “We recruited Dragusin from Genoa. We are very happy to announce this. We have obtained a work visa and completed the approval process. The contract period runs until 2030 and the number is No. 6.”

Dragusin, who refused and chose to go to Tottenham. His agent was surprised. According to Romano, he was embarrassed, saying, “I had no idea I would reject Munich’s offer.”

There was a reason. Dragusin highly rated Tottenham’s project. Alesdare Gold, a reporter in charge of Tottenham’s news at Football London in the U.K., said, “Dragusi rated Tottenham’s project higher than Munich. Munich had offered twice as much weekly as Tottenham had offered.”

Injured players have also returned. Mickey Van der Ben, who has been away for a long time, was most likely to return to the game, and Christian Romero is also on the verge of returning with superhuman resilience.

Tottenham was confident. No matter how Old Trafford it was, they didn’t have to be intimidated at all. They had already won this season. Tottenham, who met Manchester United in the second round, won 2-0 and started to gain momentum from that game.

[Contents of the game]

Van der Ben and Romero are back, with Werner starting. Based on a 4-3-3 formation, Tottenham sent out Werner, Hisalisson, Johnson, Skip, Bentancur, Hoivier, Udogi, Van der Ben, Romero and Pororo, and Vicario wore goalkeeper gloves.

Home team Manchester United launched a 4-2-3-1 formation. Rashford, Fernandez, and Garnacho were deployed in the second line with Hoyleun at the center, and Mainu and Eriksen worked together in the midfield. Dalot, Varane, Evans, Wan-Bissaka, and Onana defended the goal at the back four. Antony, Felistri, McTominay, Pawson, Casemiro, Martinez, Kambwara, Heaton, and Vindir were on the replacement list.

In the early hours, Manchester United scored the first goal. In the 3rd minute of the first half, the ball flowed as Rashford penetrated from the side to the center, and Huairun finished it with a powerful shot to break Tottenham’s net. Manchester United, who took the lead, continued its momentum. Rashford, who received Eriksen’s cross in the 8th minute of the first half, attempted a right-footed shot in the box but missed the right side of the goal 헤라카지노.

Tottenham also launched a counterattack. After receiving Hoivier’s pass in the 9th minute of the first half, POW attempted a bold mid-range shot from outside the box, but was blocked by the goalkeeper. Tottenham succeeded in balancing it out. Hishalisson, who received POW’s cross in the 19th minute of the first half, scored an equalizer by attempting a header shot in the box.

Tottenham, which balanced, sought to turn the tables. Werner, who received a pass from Udo-ki in the 22nd minute of the first half, attempted a right-footed shot from outside the box, but it went over the goal. Tottenham kept pressing. Werner, who received a pass from a prisoner in the 24th minute of the first half, took a right-footed shot from the box, but was blocked by the defense.

The flow was towards Tottenham. Johnson, who received a pass from Hishalisson in the 30th minute of the first half, attempted a right-footed shot in the box, but the goalkeeper blocked it. Rather, Manchester United, which was in a hurry to stop it, succeeded in reversing the game. Rashford, who received a pass from Huairun in the 40th minute of the first half, scored his team’s second goal by attempting a right-footed shot in the box.

Manchester United continued its momentum at the end of the first half. In the extra time of the first half, Fernandez, who received a pass from Garnacho, attempted a right-footed shot from outside the box but did not lead to a shot on goal. Thus, the first half ended with United taking a 2-1 lead.

Tottenham dominated the flow of the first half, but Manchester United took care of the result. Tottenham was ahead in terms of “Huscoord,” a soccer statistics media, in terms of possession, the number of shots, and the success rate of passes. However, Manchester United, who produced the result with only two shots on goal, laughed.

As soon as the second half began, Tottenham added heat to the game. Bentancur, who received Werner’s pass in the first minute of the second half, scored an equalizer by attempting a left-footed shot in the box. Tottenham sought to turn the tables. Hisalisson, who received a skip’s pass in the 7th minute of the second half, attempted a right-footed shot in the box, but Onana blocked it.

Tottenham continued to press. Werner, who received a cross from the prisoner of war in the 13th minute of the second half, attempted a right-footed shot from the box, but the ball soared over the goal. Manchester United did not stay still. McTominay, who caught the ball from outside the box in the 17th minute of the second half, attempted a bold mid-range shot, but it missed the left side of the goal.

Tottenham had a chance again. Bentancur, who caught the ball in the box in the 25th minute of the second half, tried to shoot a header, but the ball headed to the left of the goal. It was a fierce development. Just before the end of the game, Manchester United had a chance to win, but failed to save it. In the extra time of the second half, McTominay, who received Garnacho’s cross, tried to shoot a header in the box, but it went away high. That’s how the game ended 2-2.

In the second half, the overall flow was carried out by Tottenham. Based on “Huscoord,” Tottenham accounted for a whopping 63.7 percent of possession and shot 16 times more than Manchester United (9 times). The pass success rate was 89 percent for Tottenham and 76 percent for Manchester United, showing a more stable development.

Tottenham had many happy faces. Romero and Van der Ben started and worked together for the first time in a long time. Of course, the aftermath of the injury still seemed to exist. Van der Ben and Romero allowed two runs, looking rather disappointed. Werner started and recorded one assist, and Dragou also made his debut in the 40th minute of the second half, replacing Skip.


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