Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, two clubs with ties to the English capital, played the ‘London Derby’ in the 11th round of the 2023/24 English Premier League on July 7 (KST).
The result was a surprise. Spurs went into the game unbeaten and leading after 10 rounds, but collapsed after two men were sent off and lost 1-4.
Winger Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham’s lone goal scorer on the day, spoke out about the unexpected defeat: “The players were too hyped up,” he said.
Spurs were too good in the first half.
On the 8th, the British newspaper The Guardian wrote that “Tottenham’s first league defeat was caused by a failure to control their emotions”.
The article cited an interview with Kulusevski.
“In the first 15 minutes, they (Spurs) were amazing.
They were unbelievable,” he said, calling it his favorite moment of the season.
Indeed, Spurs started well, with Kuluczewski’s shot deflecting off the back of defender Levi Colwill for a goal in the first six minutes.
Trouble came after the 15th minute.
“We were too excited and made some poor tackles,” Kulusevsky said. 카지노사이트가이드
“Was there a problem with the team’s mentality, a little bit, yes.
We wanted to win a game with a lot of fans.” “We wanted to win a lot of games for the fans,” he said.
But the Spurs fans responded with applause for their fighting spirit in the face of defeat.
Spurs had to play out the remainder of the game with nine men after central defender Christian Romero and left-back Destiny Udogie were sent off with red cards in the 33rd minute and 10th minute, respectively.
But Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou was not about to back down.
Postecoglou opted for a 4-3-1 formation, dropping his defense to the halfway line.