James Maddison has responded to Tottenham Hotspur’s showing from yesterday at Old Trafford.
Spurs defeated Manchester United 2-2 in overtime, with goals from Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Despite controlling the game for extended stretches, Ange Postecoglou’s team had to battle back from behind twice.
It’s no secret that Tottenham is now without a few important players due to Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma’s absence from AFCON 2024.
James Madison is still out but getting closer to making a comeback, while Heung-Min Son is competing in the Asian Cup as well.
Illness prevented Dejan Kulusevski from traveling to Manchester yesterday.
The fact that Spurs were missing five of their greatest players makes their commanding performance against United even more remarkable.
And Maddison, a standout player for the Spurs, has undoubtedly adopted that viewpoint as well. He shared his thoughts on the game on Instagram.
Maddison delivers verdict on Tottenham’s draw at United
Last night, Maddison turned to social media to commend his colleagues for a “good shift” they had while traveling.
“Good shift from the lads with lots of players unavailable,” the writer commented.
Maddison hasn’t played for Tottenham since almost November, but he appears to be getting closer to playing again.
Spurs lost out on his inventiveness yesterday, especially with Giovani Lo Celso and Kulusevski also sidelined.
But they were strengthened by the return of Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven, who both played well.
Spurs appear to be about to field anything akin to their strongest lineup following a challenging period characterized by injuries and suspensions.
For Tottenham supporters, the season’s conclusion might be thrilling because players like Sarr, Bissouma, and Son are expected to return next month.
‘So disappointed’… Gary Neville left seriously unimpressed with £45m Tottenham player today
Brennan Johnson of Tottenham Hotspur was criticized by Gary Neville for squandering a good opportunity against Manchester United today.
Rasmus Hojlund gave United a quick start at Old Trafford with a goal in the first three minutes.
Within fifteen minutes, Richardson gave Tottenham a response with a perfectly placed header following a corner from Pedro Porro.
Once things were even, Ange Postecoglou’s team started to dominate and generated some good openings.
In fact, Spurs executed a masterful defensive strategy before Porro found Johnson down the right side.
The middle player, Richarlison, had gotten ahead of his defender, Jonny Evans, so the Welshman had him to aim at.
But when Johnson overcommitted on his cross, it went over the Brazilian’s head, leaving Gary Neville “disappointed” in his Sky Sports game coverage.
Neville unimpressed with Johnson
While co-commentating on today’s game, Neville expressed his displeasure at Johnson for giving Spurs away a “really good” opportunity.
“Brendan Johnson has let me down so much,” he exclaimed. “That’s a great opportunity to incorporate that into Richarlison.”
Johnson, who spent £45 million to join Spurs from Nottingham Forest this summer, has had a reasonably successful start to his career. However, the 22-year-old does occasionally struggle with conviction in the last third.
For much of the first half, Spurs remained in control, although they constantly appeared vulnerable on the counterattack.
Marcus Rashford’s outstanding finish against the flow of play in the 40th minute proved to be a blow to Postecoglou’s team.
On his debut, Timo Werner had a good chance to open his Spurs account, but he missed the far post with his shot.
Rodrigo Bentancur and Werner combined to smash the ball past Onana in the second half, rewarding Spurs for their dominance.
Even though they were superior for the larger part of the ninety minutes, Postecoglou’s team was unable to secure a victory on the day.