Riсharlison was the hero of Tottenham’s match against French Marseille in the Champions League. However, the team’s performance has also highlighted an important Spurs player who managed to turn the situation around in the second half.
The first half was not what the Italian specialist envisioned for the London club. Marseille, for the most part, controlled the game and had chances to hit the goal.
In the second half, the team managed to step up a little, and Chancel Mbemba’s red card for hitting Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min hard helped Spurs gain momentum. After the suspension, the hosts, though they were given the majority, failed to take full control of the game.
The deciding factor in the further attacking actions of the club from North London was the substitution. Dejan Kulusevski took over for Emerson Royal. The Swedish player noticeably added pace, immediately skipping past the opponent, burst into the penalty area and brilliantly shot from the bottom, but his shot was blocked.
With the 22-year-old out, the fans, and seemingly the team, got the impression that the Swede’s creativity would provide many different opportunities in attack.
Richarlison’s first goal was brilliant, as the Brazilian was exactly where Ivan Perisic was directing the ball, and then made a double after being put into position by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Kulusevski was able to sharpen the team’s attacking focus and they looked like a unit. The Swede has stayed on the bench for the last two matches, and with his entry to the field, the 22-year-old showed why he should be in the starting lineup for the next game.
Thus, Antonio Conte has a very serious choice to make in deciding who to release in the starting eleven for the next game. The presence of high quality players pleases the Italian specialist, and he needs to balance the team so that no one loses his form, but on the contrary could only gain from match to match.