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Spurs Conquer Covid With Liverpool Point – Match Stats

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Liverpool MotM

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

Harry Winks

Harry Winks

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Tottenham Hotspur
2 – 2
Liverpool

White Hart Lane

Premier League

19/12/2021 5:30 pm

Attendance: 45421

Referee: Paul Tierney

Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool
Kane (13), Son Heung-Min (74) Jota (35), Robertson (69)
Lloris Alisson
Emerson Royal
 
Alexander-Arnold
Sanchez Matip
Dier Konate
 
Davies
 
Robertson
 
Sessegnon 86 Keita
 
Ndombele 64 Morton
 
60
Winks
 
Milner
Alli 81 Salah
Kane
 
Jota 09+2
Son Heung-Min Mane 82

Substitutes

Doherty Firmino 60
Reguilon 86 Gomez 90+2
Rodon Oxlade-Chamberlain
Le Celso Minamino
Bergwijn Tsimikas
 
82
Tanganga Gordon
Lucas Moura 81 Kelleher
Skipp 64 Williams
Austin Quansah

Game Statistics

10 Goal attempts 18
5 On Target 6
6 Corners 4
12 Fouls 11
4 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
43 % 57

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25 comments

  • Love totty says:

    The one stat missing from this list is possession won in the last third. One for us, 10 for them. If we could improve our ball retention playing out, we have the strike force to compete with the best. The lads worked hard today and deserved to win despite surrendering so much possession.

  • 123spurs says:

    What a miss by dele. We could of won this with a few rejects and against 10 men.

  • jod says:

    Why do people get so hung up on possession ? it doesn’t matter. Even the number of chances doesn’t matter, only the number of goals. There was a stat flashed up part way through the second half where Liverpool had 16 shots on goal to our 8, but only 5 on target to our 4. Does that tell you they are playing better ?

    Points from the game;

    Conte seems to be doing what I thought Mourinho was supposed to do, toughening them up. However that won’t help if they can’t tackle better. Kane was very lucky to stay on the pitch and I was also concerned one of our players might pick up a second booking. How the referee could send Robertson off having left Kane on the pitch baffled me, but then I’ve never held the standard of refereeing in high regard.

    Playing with two up top and one in behind (10 or attacking midfield ?) seemed to work. It was interesting Conte opted for Dele in that role not N’Dombele. Dele did himself some good but he needs to recapture his finishing ability to cement a place in the team.

    Winks also did himself some good, he seems a better player under Conte. Of course while N’Dombele will be praised for setting up a goal with a good pass in his 62 minutes on the pitch the fact Winks set up the other with an equally good pass in his 96 minutes on the pitch will be forgotten.

    We do seem to have real quality in the left wing back position, Sessegnon played well and will give Reguilon real competition.

    The way Conte sets his team up if Ben Davies is fit he will play, he fits into the manager’s formation perfectly. Given how well Dier is playing in the anchor role the only position in the back three up for debate seems to be on the right side.

    From a tactical point of view because the Liverpool full backs play so far forward they are always open to a swift counter attack becoming two on two. With no Van Dyke that becomes more of a problem. With better final balls and finishing we could have made them pay.

  • TQ2Spurs says:

    Rodon has never been given an opportunity so it’s difficult to judge that Davies is nailed on at LCB if fit.

  • Niall D says:

    I thought we played well today, we “appeared” to be well drilled in our tactics to play to their weakness. We were lucky that Kane stayed on, a few dodgy ref decisions, could they have had a pen (maybe) but should their 2nd goal have been disallowed for a hand ball in the build up (yes).
    We too had two good shouts for pens with Dele and I thought the better call was a foul on Winks.
    Today we showed grit, fight, hunger and determination.
    I thought Winks, Dele, N’Dombele, Kane, Sonny and Sess were all worth a special mention.
    As someone said this is, what JM was supposed to do but didn’t and this is why I was underwhelmed by the appointment of Nuno as I knew he couldn’t bring this out in our squad.
    We looked more like a top 4 team today, maybe the “rest” has done us some good.
    COYS.

  • Geofspurs says:

    jod …. People probably get hung up about possession because when one team has the ball …. the other team can’t score.

    • Love totty says:

      I am biased of course, but to me there was a clear difference between the challenges of Kane and Robertson. Intent. Harry went for the ball and his follow through was worth a booking for sure. Robertson kicked right through ER with no chance of getting the ball first. I thought both Jota and Winks deserved penalties but not Dele. Having said that I’m glad neither were given as i believe too many soft penalties now settle games.

  • jod says:

    Geofspurs – How many games have you watched where one team had 100% possession ? because that’s the only way you can stop a team scoring through possession.

    • Geofspurs says:

      jod …. Seems to me that it is a matter of opportunities and percentages. 60% possession reduces the other team’s opportunities and stops them from scoring for 60% of the time. That is a significant advantage.

  • jod says:

    TQ2Spurs – Rodon is right footed and Conte has already said he sees him as back up to Dier not Davies. In fact as the only left footed central defender we have Davies is probably the first name on the team sheet. He’s also able to get forward, which Conte wants his outside centre backs to do, much more effectively than anyone else. Possibly Romero will be able to do the same on the right side if he ever actually gets on the pitch.

  • Love totty says:

    Jod, my comment was about surrendering possession cheaply in own half, not possession per se. Percentage I agree is not the be all and end all. It how you use it.

  • Niall D says:

    Morning folks,
    For me I’m just enjoying the performance, I know we still have a ways to go, but we showed heart and decent athletic performance, unlike both JM and Nuno, I could actually see what AC is trying to do.
    There were a lot of guys, who stepped up to the plate yesterday and I think the same game last season or earlier this year propably would’ve seen us losing, so for me rather than over analyse possession, I simply look at a game where we played well and could easily have won, I did say last thread, on paper we have a good squad, the players yesterday showed what they were capable of.
    Good result smiley face😀

  • jod says:

    Love totty – If you lose possession in your own half and the opposition can use it effectively then it becomes a problem. If a team lose possession and then get it straight back or the opposition aren’t good enough to make it count then it really isn’t. I’ve seen games which have been real dogfights with possession lost and won back every few seconds so simply talking about a possession won in the last third stat is pretty meaningless. Part of the reason Liverpool do win the ball well up the pitch is the full backs are so far forward. But this is also what allowed us to look dangerous on the break. Rather than playing out from the back what we needed was a few more accurate long balls to exploit the situation. Of course against another team that set up differently the tactics would have to be different.

  • TK says:

    Glad to see us out of the third-rate European competition. Thank you, Euro bureau-crats. Now let’s concentrate on a top four finish.

  • jod says:

    TK – Couldn’t agree more.

  • 123spurs says:

    Sadly our best chance of a cup and this happens.

  • TK says:

    123,

    If the only cup or anything that we win in years had been this (literally) third-rate competition, I would have found it an embarrassment. Nothing at all sad to be out of this third rate competition. This is the cup for those who didn’t make the cut to get into the second-rate cup. Where’s the glory in that?

    Let’s see the lads put up a real fight to get into the top four and back into the finals in the competition where we made it to the finals in 2019.

    Hurray hurray, we won the cup for the third rate championship. I’m quite happy to be out of that nonsense.

  • wentworth says:

    Would be very sad to see Dele go. He has much more to offer than the one legged Lo Celso ( one goal in all Prem matches) or one hit wonder Bergwyn ( a couple of goals in all Prem matches)….both huge transfer mistakes.

  • TK says:

    Let me suggest a new European competition that includes only those clubs who were relegated to the third tier league in their country. It would give the supporters of the sinking teams some hope to win something. This year’s English teams would be Southend United and Grimsby Town. Instead of a cup, the winning team could win an electronic ankle bracelet of the sort people get when sentenced to house arrest. The ankle bracelet could be inscribed with the details of what went into gaining the bracelet. The next season the players could wear the bracelet while playing.

    Getting tossed from this competition was a blessing. Thanks to the gods for this favour.

    • 123spurs says:

      Tk so why finishing 4th should you deserve champions league? Your post makes no sense. EL 2nd tier maybe that’s our level ?

      • TK says:

        That;’s the way the system is set up. Top 4 get into the champions league. We just got bounced out of the the third tier of European cups. Third tier. I”d as soon end up out of it altogether.

  • TK says:

    WW, I too am sad to see the decline of Dele. He showed such promise in his youth. Pissed it away, it seems. What I can’t grasp is whether he simply declined or was sussed out by the opponents. But four years ago I thought we had a rising star with us. That thought has been dashed.

    • wentworth says:

      TK and Niall. Another sad fact is that Moanino bullied him the same as he tried to destroy Luke Shaw. Shaw gas returned stronger. Maybe Dele can do the same under a proper manager and a decent playmaker behind him.

  • Niall D says:

    WW
    I know what you mean re Dele, he has shown what he can be capable of, is he doing this to get his move away or is it that he, wants to step up for Tottenham at last.
    Must agree re this Euro Cup, for me it was only ever to give squad players a run out in a competitive competition.
    But someone in an earlier thread phrased it better than me, we can sort of leave it now with a bit of kuedos, Rennes were being, unreasonable about the whole affair, despite our offers even to play in France.
    We can now focus Domestically.
    Roll on W/Ham.
    COYS.

  • BelgianSpur says:

    The one good game a season from Dele. We know he can motivate himself for the big games, but his attitude agaisnt smaller opponents remains the issue.

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