Tottenham Hotspur carried out their game plan with great effect against Man City last night as they defended and countered their way to a 2-0 home victory.
While the likes of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, and Giovani Lo Celso grabbed most of the headlines with their attacking returns, one man who quietly went about his work was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Tottenham signed the Danish international from Southampton in the summer transfer window, bolstering their defensive midfield ranks.
Lining up alongside Moussa Sissoko in the two holding roles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, Hojbjerg recorded some incredible statistics.
Hojbjerg had clearly been tasked with breaking up play, giving Kevin De Bruyne little time on the ball, doubling up at left-back, and dropping into the backline to reduce the space in behind for Pep Guardiola’s men.
According to WhoScored.com:
Passing accuracy – 94%
Passes – 36
Touches – 52
Fouls won – 1
Tackles won – 5
Clearances – 2
Blocked shots – 1
Fouls – 4
Long balls – 5
Accurate long balls – 4
Spurs Web Opinion:
I would argue that Hojbjerg’s defensive performances this season have been just as important as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son’s attacking returns. He is exactly what Spurs have been crying out for since Wanyama and Dembele dropped out.
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