Tottenham travelled to Wolves for a Premier League showdown on Saturday.
Wolves surprised Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-1 thanks to a late comeback by the home team. Pablo Sarabia’s goal in stoppage time at the end of the game negated Brennan Johnson’s early goal, and Mario Lemina’s late goal sealed the victory. Due to the outcome, Spurs remain behind Manchester City at the top of the table ahead of the Citizens’ match against Chelsea on Sunday. Additionally, Lilywhites manager Ange Postecoglou was occasionally incensed during the game as Spurs were unable to find their rhythm.
Less than three minutes into the match, Johnson headed in a cross from Pedro Porro to give Tottenham the lead. However, the hosts got off to a fast start and pinned the opposition, making it difficult for the away team to establish their superiority in the game.
Wolves had numerous opportunities to score, but they were wasteful in front of goal as several of their shots missed the mark. Guglielmo Vicario, the away team’s keeper, also owed them a debt of gratitude for several outstanding saves. Pablo Sarabia struck the goal in the 91st minute, and Lemina scored the game-winning goal in the dying seconds, but Spurs were unable to hold onto the victory.
During the first half, as his team was having trouble mustering the energy needed for the Australian’s high-pressing style of play, Postecoglou was heard yelling at them to “get up.” Additionally, Express Sport examines the four issues the Lilywhites are facing.
James Maddison’s absence
Before going down with an injury at the beginning of the week, James Maddison, who had three goals and five assists in his early Spurs career, was a huge asset to this Tottenham team. His absence will hurt in the upcoming weeks as it is anticipated that he won’t be available until the following year. Under Postecoglou, Spurs will still create opportunities, but they will lack their talisman, who can plan attacks and influence teammates.
Too open at the back
The fact that Tottenham was exposed at the back on their trip to Molineux won’t come as a surprise. Due to Postecoglou’s attacking football style, his team is frequently exposed on the opposing end of the field. Wolves had numerous opportunities and should have scored more goals than they did in the end. This season, Spurs will find themselves up against a lot of different teams, and if they continue to play this freely, it won’t be long until they take a beating.
Lack of discipline
Tottenham is not a well-behaved team. Cristian Romero and Destiny Odogie received their marching orders against Wolves, and they were reduced to nine men against Chelsea on Monday night. Postecoglou’s team will give up a lot of goals from set pieces this season if they keep giving opposing teams the chance to ping the ball into the box, as they gave up a ton of free kicks in the Black Country. Yves Bissouma, who received his fifth yellow of the season here, now faces a one-match suspension.
Lack of squad depth
Before entering the game in the first half to bolster the defense against Chelsea, Eric Dier had not even seen action on the field under Postecoglou this season. However, he began the match against Wolves with Ben Davies at his side. Johnson scored the goal at the other end of the field, but he was hardly threatened afterward. And Tottenham will need to add a few more elite players during the January transfer window if they hope to have a realistic chance of contending for the Premier League title.