Tottenham faced Crystal Palace in the recent game week of the English Premier League. While it was the first start for Harry Kane for this season, it was also the first the team had to face. Tottenham lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace ending their three-game winning streak.
Currently, Tottenham Hotspur is in the 7th position while Crystal Palace after their win goes the 11th position. It must be stated that after Patrick Viera has taken over as club manager. This is the first game the team has won in the league previously having drawn twice. This season we might have seen quite the culture-shifting transfer Window within Crystal Palace. While many of the older players were allowed to leave the club on a free transfer. The club invested its capital on younger players who have the talent but need the experience to get better. Crystal Palace started the game quite strong compared to their previous matchups against Tottenham Hotspur.
By half time, the score was 0-0 but there was something very similar to the previous Tottenham Hotspur matches. Tottenham had taken 0 shots at the Crystal Palace goal whereas Crystal Palace took 7. This showed the intensity in the style of play of the Crystal Palace. Later in the game, Tottenham Hotspur also had a player sent off and had to play with 10 men. Within a span of 5 minutes, Japhet Tanganga received two yellow cards. Due to him playing as a centre back, the team needed to sub on Ben Davies and play even more defensive. By full-time Tottenham had taken a total of 2 shots while Crystal Palace took 18.
How did Tottenham Hotspur lose To Crystal Palace?
According to the average position heat maps of the players of Tottenham Hotspur. The area of the pitch with the most amount of interaction with the ball occurred was their own penalty box. This shows that following the red card being given, the team dropped back in a deep block. While this did reduce the number of goals that the team could have conceded. This did lead to a lack of creativity and attacking threat displayed by the team. Players like Harry Kane didn’t even make a touch in the penalty box of Crystal Palace. He also had to drift wide to receive the ball at his feet. Due to this, the only shot on target taken by Tottenham was by Lucas Moura.
Wilfried Zaha was the man of the match as he completely dominated the left side of the pitch. While also scoring the penalty, the player also provided Edouard with an assist for his goal. Odsonne Édouard was the Striker who might have already become the fan favourite. After 27 seconds of coming off the bench, Odsonne Édouard scored his first goal. He then also proceeded to score another in the 92nd minute of the game.