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‘Disaster brought on by four backs’ Tottenham, 1-6 defeat to Newcastle… It was difficult to get 4th place.

A reckless choice led to tragedy.

Tottenham lost 1-6 to Newcastle United in the 2022-2023 season Premier League round 32 away match held at St. James Park, Newcastle, England at 10:00 pm (Korean time) on the 23rd.

Interim coach Christian Stellini brought out a surprise card that day. The starting lineup consisted of four backs instead of the back three used throughout the season. In addition, Pape Sar, born in 2002, who had little first-team experience, was entrusted with the important role of the main defensive midfielder.

The result is a catastrophic failure. Jacob Murphy scored the opening goal 1 minute and 2 seconds into the game. When Joelington came from the left flank to the midfield of the penalty box, even though there were 3 or 4 defenders, he couldn’t check it at all.

Joellington’s mid-range shot was blocked by Hugo Lloris, but Murphy kicked it again and split the net.

This score was just the beginning. Four minutes later, Joellington turned around and broke the Tottenham offside wall. scored an extra goal. It was 0-2 in the 5th minute of the first half.

They then conceded points in the 9th, 19th, and 21st minutes of the first half. The four-back defense that Stellini chose completely collapsed. In particular, defensive midfielder Sar was greatly shaken.

In fact, the game is over at this point. Defeat was already visible on the faces of Tottenham players.

It was only in the 24th minute when the score was 0-5 that Stellini took off Sar and put in Davinson Sanchez. The formation was also returned to the original back 3. However, it was too late to ‘lose the cow and fix the barn’.

Early in the second half, Harry Kane scored a comeback goal to prevent the defeat. Tottenham conceded another goal to Callum Wilson in the 22nd minute of the second half and lost by the most points since losing 1-7 to Newcastle in 1997.

Son Heung-min,스포츠토토 who started as a left-sided striker that day, was silent. At the end of the second half, he was replaced by Richarlison and went to the bench. The scoring streak was limited to two games.

Tottenham, 5th in the Premier League, has a gap of 6 points with Newcastle. Newcastle moved up to third.

There are 6 games left in the season. It was not easy to recapture 4th place with the right to advance to the UEFA Champions League next season.


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