‘Abandoned by Tottenham’ Mourinho & Hill and Lamela. Succeeded in towing the UEL finals in Rome & Sevilla respectively! How does UEL opaque Tottenham feel?
The keyword for the Europa League (UEL) final match is ‘Leave Tottenham’. The former coach of Tottenham and the player expelled from Tottenham each led their team to the UEL final. For Tottenham, whose right to advance to UEL next season is uncertain, it is inevitable.
On the afternoon of the 18th, European time. In the 2022-2023 season, two games were held in the second leg of the UEL semifinals. Leverkusen and AS Roma clashed at Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany. Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho shone. AS Roma drew 0-0 with Leverkusen. AS Roma won 1-0 in the first leg. Thanks to this victory, AS Roma advanced to the final by beating Leverkusen 1-0 on aggregate in the first and second games. AS Roma reached the final for the first time in 32 years since 1991.메이저사이트
The center of the final was, of course, coach Mourinho. Mourinho pulled down the line. He focused on defense. He set up ‘two buses’ in midfield and defense. It was the ‘suffocating defense’ or ‘anti-football’ that Mourinho boasts. Possession and shooting numbers didn’t mean much. AS Roma had 40% possession and only 1 shot. At the very end of the second half, AS Roma kept the ball well and increased possession. On the other hand, Leverkusen had 60% possession and only 23 shots. Even so, AS Roma could not open the goal.
Coach Mourinho opened an era of glory with ‘silly football’ led by ‘defensive football’. FC Porto’s 2003-2004 season UCL victory began a career of glory. He moved the team to Chelsea. He coached Chelsea in 1st term (2004-2007) and 2nd term (2013-2015). With Chelsea he won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and three League Cups. With Inter Milan, he won two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia title and one UCL title. The winning record continued at Real Madrid. 1 La Liga title and 1 Copa del Rey title. At Manchester United, he lifted the League Cup once and the Europa League once. There was a stigma that football was boring, but every team he went to gave a championship cup.
The problem was Tottenham. He joined Tottenham in November 2019. However, Tottenham did not win the title. In the 2019-2020 season, it only finished 6th in the league, 5th round of the FA Cup, 3rd round of the League Cup, and 16th round of the UCL. The 2020-2021 season was also sluggish for Tottenham. In the league, the rankings rarely rose. The FA Cup was also eliminated in the 5th round. The League Cup advanced to the final. However, six days before the final, Tottenham sacked Mourinho. In the final, played without Mourinho, Tottenham lost 0-1 to Manchester City.
Ahead of the 2021-2022 season, coach Mourinho came to AS Roma. They won the Europa Conference League (UECL) that season. This season, AS Roma entered UEL as the UECL champion. Gearco made it to the finals. It was bittersweet for Tottenham to watch.
The moment AS Roma’s advance to the final was confirmed, another UEL semi-final second leg between Sevilla and Juventus, which was being held at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain, went into extra time. It was a 1-1 draw. In the first leg, both teams drew 1-1.
In the 5th minute of extra time, Sevilla scored the winning goal. Unfortunately, two players who were classified as surplus resources in Tottenham jointly scored.
The cross was raised by Brian Hill. Hill moved to Tottenham from Sevilla in the 2021-2022 season. He didn’t fit in well. He was loaned out to Valencia on the final day of the winter transfer window that season. At Valencia, Hill was in good shape.
After the season, Hill returned to Tottenham. He also accompanied Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Korea. However, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte did not trust Hill. He was sent on loan back to Sevilla. At Sevilla, Hill has developed into a starter. As an attacking midfielder, he displayed sharp passing and movement.
Even in the 5th minute of extra time, Hill broke down his left flank and then put a sharp cross into the goal. It was exactly what Tottenham wanted, who struggled without a playmaker all season.
The destination of Hill’s cross was Eric Lamela. Lamela joined Tottenham in the summer of 2013. He played 8 seasons. And in the summer of 2021, he transferred to Seville. There was an ironic relationship. When Lamela headed to Sevilla, Tottenham brought Hill in return. It was a swap deal between Lamela and Hill (which added £21.6m). After coming to Sevilla, Lamela quickly adapted. In his first season, he appeared in 24 matches and scored 5 goals. He scored 6 goals in 43 appearances before this match this season. He scores in key moments and is a great help to his team.
And his 7th goal came in his 44th appearance. He shook the net by connecting Hill’s cross with a shot. It was a goal where Lamela’s concentration shined.
The winning goal jointly by Hill and Lamela, who were classified as resources other than power at Tottenham. Coach Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham, won the UECL and advanced to the UEL final.
How do you feel about Tottenham looking at this? Tottenham are currently in seventh place in the Premier League this season. Securing the right to advance to the UEL next season is uncertain.