Tottenham Hotspur drew 3-3 with Manchester City in the 14th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) held at 1:30 a.m. on the 4th at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.
After successfully escaping its losing streak, the team was able to regain momentum. Tottenham ranked fifth in the league with eight wins, three draws, and three losses (27 points). In contrast, Manchester City had a three-game draw, which put a red light on its lead. Manchester City had nine wins, three draws, and two losses (30 points), further widening its gap with Arsenal (33 points).
Tottenham launched a 4-2-3-1 formation. Son Heung-min led the attack from the front line, while Brian Hill, Dejan Kulusevski, and Brennan Johnson supported the attack from the second line. Giovanni Lo Celso and Yves Bissouma were in charge of the midfield, and the back four were paired with Destiny Udodge, Ben Davies, Emerson Royal, and Pedro Pororo. The goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.
Manchester City pulled out a 3-2-4-1 formation. Erling Holan was placed on the one-top, and Jeremy Doku, Bernardusilva, Julián Álvarez, and Phil Foden made the second line. Manuel Akanji and Rodri played for the third line, while Yoshko Gvardiol, Huving Dias and Kyle Walker played for the third back. Goalkeeper Ederson defended the goal.
Tottenham scored the first goal. Tottenham, which succeeded in defending from a corner kick in the 6th minute of the first half, immediately attempted a counterattack. Hill sent a pass after successfully de-pressing, and Kulusevski, who caught it, immediately stabbed a pass into the back space of Manchester City. Son Heung-min sprinted quickly. After overcoming a physical fight with Doku, Son ran and immediately faced a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. He showed a calm finish and scored the first goal. It is Son’s ninth goal in the league. 스포츠토토
However, the joy did not last long. In Manchester City’s free kick attack at the ninth minute of the first half, Son scored an own goal. The ball flew so sharp that Son could not see. The ball hit Son’s thigh and went straight into the goal.
Son Heung-min was not discouraged after his own goal. He continued to struggle to display his offense. However, he was disappointed with his teammates’ support. In particular, Silva came down to help with the rear build-up in the 27th minute of the first half, but he made a pass mistake. Hill intercepted it, but he failed to send the pass right away, and Manchester City’s defense quickly descended to block the pass while he was agonizing over it. Hill’s belated pass became useless. In the process, Son Heung-min was very angry that he did not pass quickly into space.
Hill failed to show anything other than that day. He lacked brilliant moves and frequently gave up possession even when he caught the ball. Eventually, Hill left the field as Pierre-Emile Hoivier replaced him at the start of the second half.
He received harsh criticism. “He performed well in the beginning to free Kulusevski in the first goal,” said the British football team’s Football London. Silva intercepted a loose pass, but a low cross was sent to the back of the goal. He could have tried shooting right away, but he didn’t. He failed to tease Walker and was replaced,” giving him five points in rating. British football team 90MIN criticized Hill, saying, “Heel was replaced at half-time. That’s why he was replaced at half-time.”