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Four forced substitutions at once in half The pain of Tottenham and Southampton

Injuries, injuries and more injuries.

“Tottenham” and “Southampton” gave out an epic 3:3 – and it’s not just about the score. Already in the first half, the teams made four forced substitutions.

🔃5′ – Richarlison left first. The Brazilian recently openly criticized Conte for a small number of game minutes, but even with a place in the start, he did not interrupt his goalless streak in the Premier League – he has not yet scored this season.

After the replacement, Richarlison burst into tears of resentment.

🔃8′ – Bella Cochap broke down almost immediately at Southampton. The defender held on to his right hand – he had already injured her before the World Cup, but refused the operation in order to travel to Qatar with the German national team. I did not spend a single minute in the tournament.

🔃34′ – After 26 minutes, the hosts lost their second defender – the steel Jan Bednarek flew out. The Pole has been in the team for a long time: in the autumn he went to Aston Villa for six months, but Emery did not come in handy and returned home. Bednarek received assistance for a long time, and he even continued the match, but quickly aggravated the injury and was replaced. 

🔃37′ – Ben Davis soon broke down, one of the invisible heroes of the season, with whom Conte patches holes in the defense.

At the very end of the half, Son also suffered – but the Korean remained in the game. Although it did not help Tottenham to win: the Londoners were leading 3:1 by the 76th minute, but did not keep the victory. First, Theo Walcott scored, and Ward-Prowse equalized from a penalty kick by 90 + 3. 

Tottenham have been suffering from injuries all season

The most annoying thing is that important players fly out.

❌ In early February, a knee injury in a game with Man City receivedHugo Lloris. The captain flew past both matches of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League and will return closer to April. Instead, Fraser Forster plays, who, although sometimes dragging, is too unstable.

Yves Bissouma did not shine at the base, but remained an important element in the rotation. But the Malian broke his ankle and went into surgery, the timing of the return has not yet been determined.

❌Permanent injuries getLucas MouraAndRyan Sessegnon. The Brazilian has not yet regained his condition after a tibia injury, and the Englishman, due to a problem with a hamstring, will return only at the end of March.

The saddest story is Rodrigo Bentancur. He started the season great, but after a series of minor injuries, he caught a break in crosses. Now he will play for Tottenham no earlier than November – and this is a key loss in Conte’s system.

Antonio himself is often criticized for the lack of rotation, although the Italian emphasizes its importance and abstracts from criticism. “I don’t understand people who don’t understand the importance of rotation. If you have good players on the bench, you can change the course of the game with them.

If you’re aiming for trophies in the future, you should expect to have around 16-18 players to keep rotating your roster. If the players say they want to play, then they should play, and if they are tired, they don’t play. In our situation, everything is simple. We must try to do everything in our power. Again, finishing in the top 4 is like winning the Premier League. That’s how it was last season. I talked about a miracle, I continue to say it now, ”Conte said after the victory over Nottingham.