29 Dec 2021 | 14:19
It can be said that Tottenham has just brought a very meaningful late Boxing Day gift to the Man Utd team.
Last night, Tottenham had a very disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton. This is a match where they have an advantage over people from the 39th minute after the red card of Mohammed Salisu. However, in the 45 minutes of the second half, coach Antonio Conte’s students were unable to penetrate the opponent’s net.
Worth mentioning, Tottenham’s strikers had a very forgettable night. They launched up to 21 shots towards Southampton’s goal. According to Infogol, Tottenham’s expected goal ratio (xG) is up to 3.0. However, they only scored one goal on the penalty spot thanks to Harry Kane.
“We’re disappointed that you have to take chances like this. We have to make better use of it than we showed. We need to feel let down. It’s a good chance to win a game. against a very uncomfortable opponent,” Conte shared after the game.
“They play very strong and physically. If you don’t play with equal intensity there is a risk of losing the match. My demands are very high because I am used to competing and winning. I am very pleased. We’re disappointed when we don’t win. We need to work more because it’s not going to be easy to fight for something this season.”
With this result, Tottenham is in 6th place with 5 points behind Arsenal and 2 matches left in hand. Of course, if they play two matches well, the Roosters can still knock Arsenal out of the top 4. But in the immediate future, their draw is like a very meaningful late Boxing Day gift for Man Utd, the team. The ball is also very ambitious in the race for the top 4.
Also in this round, the Red Devils were held to a very disappointing draw by Newcastle at St James’ Park. Fortunately, Tottenham’s results help Ralf Rangnick not be too far behind. Man Utd’s problems are somewhat similar to Tottenham’s. The Red Devils could not make good use of the opportunities in the past rounds. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Reds’ best striker to date, has not scored more than 1 goal since Rangnick took office.
Currently, the winter transfer market is about to open, this is a golden opportunity for Man Utd to add forces in the context that they are already suffering a lot of damage due to injuries and Covid-19. If they have a thick enough force after the end of January, the race for the top 4 is still within reach of Rangnick and his students.