No less than one week on from Ange Postecoglou's biggest test as Tottenham manager, another serious challenge is scheduled for this weekend. The Lilywhites welcome Liverpool to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday just six days on from their thrilling 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the North London Derby.
Spurs headed into the clash against their bitter rivals as the underdogs and that statement was proven further by the opening 30 minutes. The Gunners dominated the early stages and deservedly went ahead when Cristian Romero inadvertently diverted Bukayo Saka's effort into the back of the net.
Despite Romero scoring an own goal, it was Destiny Udogie who endured the nightmare start in the back four with Saka terrorising his marker to the point he was booked after just 15 minutes.Surviving the remaining 75 against one of the Premier League's best wingers appeared unlikely, but the 20-year-old passed the test with flying colours.
In the second half, Saka barely got a sniff in his individual battle with Udogie, who Spurs signed for £15million last summer from Udinese, before he eventually limped off late into the game, with Postecoglou left particularly impressed. In his post-match press conference, he said: «Destiny getting booked early, it could have made it difficult. But the way he dealt with it, in the end I thought he was the dominant player on that side of the pitch.
»He finished really strong and had to contend with having a yellow card. It’s a great learning experience for him and for all the guys. They’ve come through that, going toe to toe with a top side." Despite making just five Premier League appearances prior to that clash, Udogie stood up to the test and proved his worth, but now perhapsRead on football.london