Tottenham won 2-1 in the 10th round of the 2023-24 Premier League against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in London, England, at 4 a.m. on the 28th. 토토 Tottenham, which has been undefeated in the opening 10 games with the victory, has 26 points, widening the gap with the second-place team by five points.
Tottenham started Guglielmo Vicario, Ben Davies, Mickey van der Penn, Christian Romero, Pedro Porro, James Medicine, Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr, Hishalisson, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski. Emerson Royal, Eric Dier, Pierre-Emile Hoybier, Oliver Skip, Giovanni Lo Celso, Brian Hill and Brennan Johnson started on the bench, with Rodrigo Bentancur.
Palace prepared in a 4-4-2 formation. Odsonne Edouard, Will Hughes, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jefferson Lerma, Sheikh Dukure, Jordan Ayew, Tyreek Mitchell, Mark Gehi, Joakim Andersen, Joel Ward and Sam Johnstone were the starters.
Palace completely lowered the line and only defended. Palace not only defended but also made a threatening counterattack. Vicario’s defense shone. In the 6th minute of the first half, Palace launched a counterattack. Van der Penn kept Hughes in check and delayed, but the attack continued. Aye-woo took over the ball and tried to shoot boldly, but he headed straight to Vicario. Vicario’s stellar performance followed. In the 7th minute of the first half, Palace attempted a set piece attack this time. Schlupp’s unstable touch was luckily delivered to Edouard. Edouard tried to make a surprise shot with the goal. Tottenham overcame the crisis as Vicario blew his body and blocked it.
Tottenham are starting to climb a little bit. The attack was well done for the first time in the 9th minute. Hishalisson made good use of the medics penetrating to the left. Medicine took over the ball and connected it to the center, but it was not connected to Son Heung-min and Davis. Medicine caught the attack that began when it was delivered to Son Heung-min in the 14th minute of the first half. He got a free kick from a good position. The kicker hit the bar, but the shot was very inaccurate. Tottenham went on the offensive. In the 17th minute of the first half, Hishalisson passed it well with his head, and then Medicine continued to shoot, but the shot went to the sky. In the 19th minute of the first half, Hishalisson and Medicine exchanged good one-two passes. Hishalisson moved to the center and aimed boldly at the goal, but he headed sideways.
Palace continued to play rough. At the beginning of the game, Hughes stepped on Van der Penn’s Achilles heel, but no warning came out. In the 31st minute of the first half, Romero was pushed roughly by Edouard and complained of pain in his face. Edouard fouled again a minute later when he hit Van der Penn in the knee, but the warning didn’t continue. In the 38th minute of the first half, the prisoner made a sharp pass to Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min held on well and handed the ball over to Medicine. It was a good opportunity, but Lerma handled it first.
Despite Son Heung-min’s struggles, he struggled in the first half, making changes at the start of the second half. Davis was left out and Emerson was put in the place. Despite the changes, Tottenham did not find the offensive thread as well as they did in the first half. Palace counterattacks were as fierce as the first half. In the 6th minute of the second half, Schlupp penetrated the prisoner well and then crossed it to the gate. It was a crisis that could have lost a point immediately if he had headed correctly for Edouard, but the defense cleared it first.
A lucky score came for Tottenham. In the 8th minute of the second half, the attack began with Papasar’s half-space movement. Papasar dug in well, then the cross deflected and headed for Medicine. Medicine crossed strongly, but Ward cleared it with his net. As expected, he was a more brilliant Medicine player on the road. Tottenham’s concentration was shaken after the first goal. In the 10th minute of the second half, Bissouma made a ridiculous mistake and Palace immediately proceeded with the attack. Edouard boldly tried to shoot, but Romero blocked it with a hand-to-hand defense. In the ensuing corner kick, Tottenham missed Gehi and allowed a header. I took out the Hishali song and put in Johnson. Hoybier came out in place of Bisuma.
Tottenham scored an extra goal. The main character was Son Heung-min. Johnson’s help was also noticeable. Johnson is a Nottingham Forest Holy Youth. He grew up in Nottingham Youth and played only in Nottingham, except for Lincoln City loan. In the 2020-21 season, when Nottingham was in the English League 1 third division, he scored 10 goals and 12 assists in 40 league games, helping them to promotion. In the 2021-22 English Championship second division, he scored 16 goals and 9 assists in 46 games. In the playoffs, he also scored two goals in three games to strengthen his promotion.
Nottingham suffered a relegation crisis last season amid promotion to the back-to-back, and Johnson’s performance helped him stay. Johnson played all PL games and scored eight goals and three assists. He used his fast feet to lead the attack on Nottingham counterattack and delighted coach Steve Cooper by scoring offensive points whenever needed. Johnson completed his drama from third division leaguer to PL to Wales international. He entered Tottenham. The transfer fee was 55 million euros (about 78 billion won), the highest among Tottenham players this summer.
Johnson, who was expected to add strength to the attack, was out for a while due to injury. With Manor Solomon and Ivan Perisic injured, Tottenham, which lacks offensive resources, has a good option as Johnson returns. Johnson, who was replaced, penetrated again after connecting the pass to Medicine with his head in the 23rd minute of the second half. Son Heung-min was in the position where Johnson gave the cutback, and Son Heung-min lightly pushed it in. Son Heung-min’s first shot of the game and Tottenham’s first effective shot led to a score. Son Heung-min, who scored two goals in a row, became his eighth goal in the league.
In a hurry, Palace replaced in large numbers. Nathaniel Klein, Matheus Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta, and Nauru Ahmed put in four. Palace began to rise aggressively. At the same time, the rough side continued to emerge. In the 33rd minute of the second half, Lerma was also spotted hitting Romero’s torso in a corner kick. With Palace coming out aggressively, Tottenham’s offensive rhythm began to revive.