Tottenham’s sudden replacement of Son Heung-min…why?

It was very disappointing to replace Son Heung-min during the pushing period.

Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the 33rd round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 28th at 4:15 am (Korean time). With this, Tottenham rose to 5th place in the league with 16 wins, 6 draws and 11 losses (54 points).

The home team Tottenham started with a 3-4-2-1 formation. Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Oliver Skip, Pierre-Emile Hoivier, Pedro Poro, Clement Lenglet, Eric Dyer, Christian Romero and Fraser Foster started. The away team, United, faced off with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandez, Anthony, Christian Eriksen, etc.

Tottenham were overwhelmed by Manchester United in the first half. In the 7th minute of the first half, Jadon Sancho opened the scoring and started to drag. Afterwards, Tottenham harassed Manchester United with strong forward pressure, but at every decisive opportunity, poor judgments such as Richarlison and Perisic 스포츠토토caught the ankle. In the end, he conceded an extra goal. Rashford, who received a killer pass from Bruno in the 44th minute of the first half, finished with his left foot, ending the first half with a 0-2 lead.

In the second half, Tottenham attempted a turnaround. It has continued to regain possession through strong pressure and active defensive participation. Eventually, in the 11th minute of the second half, Poro scored a comeback goal and fired a signal flare for pursuit. Afterwards, Tottenham strengthened their attack by adding Dejan Kulusevski and Arnaud Danzuma.

It finally paid off. In the 34th minute of the second half, Danjuma’s strong pressure succeeded and David de Gea handled the ball far. The Tottenham defense kicked it off, and the ball was immediately connected to Kane. Kane sent a sharp early cross, and Son Heung-min, who caught it, shook the net with a sensible shot.

Tottenham got into the mood. With more than 10 minutes left until the end of the game, it was a scenario where a come-from-behind goal was possible if they pushed ahead. However, interim coach Ryan Mason made a stable choice. Heung-Min Son, who could score, was removed and Zaphet Tanga was added to balance the game. After all, the atmosphere went over to Manchester United, and the game finished 2-2.

After the match, interim coach Mason said: “We put in a lot of effort to make it 2-2. We felt there were a few moments where we got a little bit heavy on our legs and seemed unnecessarily open (the defense). We changed it a bit. We were still trying to win the game, but at the same time we were aware of our situation,” he explained the reason for the defensive replacement.

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