The boost came when Tottenham’s players left the pitch after playing a sixth half in a row in …
The boost came as Tottenham’s players left the pitch after playing a sixth consecutive half in the Premier League without a shot on goal.
His team trailed 1-0 and were played at home by an injured Leeds, it probably dawned on Antonio Conte that he had a bigger job on his hands at Tottenham than he might have imagined.
The Italian’s team talk at half time made all the difference.
Tottenham came out with much more intensity and delivered a performance in the second half more in its new manager’s image, as goals from two unlikely sources – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Sergio Reguilon – secured a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
In the previous match, Manchester City swept past Everton 3-0 to move back to second place, three points behind Chelsea.
It was a first league victory under Conte since the Italian replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham coach before the international break. His famous passion was evident in the final minutes as he swirled his arms and urged fans to get behind the players to see the victory.
They did, and Spurs climbed to seventh place – over Manchester United, who dived even lower in the position the day it fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær after a series of humiliating results.
Conte was once linked with a potential replacement for Solskjær at United, but he has ended up at Tottenham and has yet to lose when he started with a win in the Europa Conference League and a 0-0 draw against Everton in the Premier League.
“During the break, the players showed me that they could win this match,” Conte said.
“In the second half I corrected the situation … I look at the statistics and Leeds are the best in the league for running and intensity. In the second half we changed something tactically and in the intensity we beat them.”
Man City’s biggest creative threat this season comes from a defender.
Portugal’s full-back Joao Cancelo scored five goals in two games for City before the recent international break and he was on the move again against Everton, delivering a sumptuous pass off the boot to the goal in the 44th minute by Raheem Sterling. created a routine win at the Etihad Stadium.
If that got City fans excited, Rodris’ lightning from 30 yards (yards) in the 55th was another moment to get them away from their seats. Bernardo Silva added a third goal in the 86th.
It was a solid response from City to major victories by title rivals Chelsea (3-0 at Leicester) and Liverpool (4-0 at home to Arsenal) on Saturday and achieved without key players like Ruben Dias who was rested and Kevin De Bruyne who isolates itself after getting coronavirus.
Leeds was a revelation in his first season back in the Premier League with his high-energy approach and hung on to score and close in on many goals under Marcelo Bielsa. Second season turns out to be much harder.
After 12 games, Leeds are a place above the relegation line after just two victories so far, and the list of absentees in Bielsa’s thin squad is a major concern.
Star striker Patrick Bamford and longtime defender Luke Ayling have been missing for a few months, while Bielsa was also without Brazilian winger Raphinha and Spanish striker Rodrigo against Tottenham due to illness and injury respectively.
Leeds still managed to stop Tottenham from having a shot on goal in the first half by keeping the ball possession well, and pinched a goal in the break before the break through Daniel James.
Hojbjerg’s tight equalizer in the 58th, however, was followed by a close-range finish in the 69th from Reguilon, which followed up on Eric Diers’ rejected free-kick that came back from the post.
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