Tottenham finally DTD?…”Look at the record, he’s fading a little bit” claims statistician
Tottenham Hotspur, who have the best pace in the 21st century, will struggle in November.
The analysis is that the team is gradually losing strength in recent games.
Global sports statistics company ‘Opta’ said in a column on Nov. 1 (KST) that Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently leading the Premier League, are losing momentum.
Spurs currently lead the Premier League with eight wins, two draws and 26 points. They are unbeaten alongside second-place North London rivals Arsenal (24 points).
It’s their best start to a season since 1960/61.
Spurs have been in peak form, winning all but the opening round against Brentford and a 2-2 draw in the North London derby in round six against Arsenal.
While there were some concerns about manager Anzhi Postecoglou’s appointment, those worries have turned to cheers as the league has begun.
And with new captain Son Heung-min at the center of the squad, the team is in top form.
With eight goals in the league, Son is already on track to reach double figures, while James Maddison and Dejan Kulusevski have also provided a boost to the forward line.
The defense is led by Christian Romero, along with new signing Guglielmo Vicario in goal and center back Mickey van der Penn.
However, Opta believes that Tottenham’s performance against Crystal Palace on March 28 has taken a slightly negative turn.
“Friday night’s game (Oct. 27) was not the Spurs we’ve come to know under Postecoglou,” Opta wrote.
In particular, Opta showed a passing map of Romero, who completed the most passes in a single game (141) against Crystal Palace since the Premier League began keeping records in 2003/04.
Despite the record, the passes show that the majority of Romero’s passing options are sideways, with Palace’s deep defense making it difficult for him to play forward passes into the space behind the defense or direct passes into the upper midfield.
On the day, Tottenham struggled to break through the home side’s thick defense.
Despite their high possession (75.7%), Spurs attempted 10 shots, their lowest in a league game this season, with only one on target, a Son Heung-min goal. 온라인카지노
One of the two goals was an own goal by the opposing defense.
Expected Goals (xG) was also 1.12, the lowest in a league game this season.
Tottenham also won 2-0 at Fulham on Nov. 24, the game before Crystal Palace, but it was a similar story to the Palace game.
They struggled against Fulham’s low defense.
Then, for the first time this season, they showed signs of anxiety in the second half, allowing the opposition to take control of the game.
Postecoglou was unusually vocal in his post-match interview, calling it “our worst 45 minutes”.
While they have some breathing room due to their early exit from the League Cup, their schedule is Chelsea (11th), Wolverhampton (12th), Aston Villa (5th), Manchester City (3rd), West Ham (9th), and Newcastle (6th).
With a back-to-back against mid-table teams before Boxing Day (Dec. 26), highlighted by a trip to defending champions Man City, the key will be how Spurs maintain their form.