Until Richarlison’s brace Tottenham had been mediocre in opposition to a vigorous Marseille who had been the higher crew till Chancel Mbemba was despatched off three minutes into the second half.
Tottenham, who missed out on the Champions league for the previous two seasons, didn’t register a shot on course in a lacklustre first half however Richarlison ultimately ensured an ideal begin for Antonio Conte’s crew.
1. Richarlison makes his mark
Until Wednesday, essentially the most memorable contribution from Richarlison got here when baited Nottingham Forest as a late substitute with a little bit of showboating that saw him scythed down moments later. Yet right here, on Spurs’ return to the Champions League after a three-year absence, the £60 million acquisition from Everton scored two headers within the ultimate quarter-hour to offer Antonio Conte’s aspect a 2-0 win over Marseille in north London.
Both targets benefitted from some substandard defending and a numerical benefit given to them by Chancel Mbemba’s Forty seventh-minute crimson card for fouling Heung-Min Son as he burst by way of on objective, however Richarlison, who ended the sport in tears of pleasure, gave Spurs the leading edge they’d beforehand lacked all night. They had been Richarlison’s first Tottenham targets — on his Champions League debut no much less — and supply validation for Conte selecting to interrupt up the Son Heung-Min–Harry Kane–Dejan Kulusevski attacking triumvirate which was so influential final season.
2. Conte improves his Champions League file
There is not any doubting Antonio Conte’s pedigree in home soccer, successful a number of Serie A titles with Juventus and Inter Milan alongside together with his 2016-17 Premier League title with Chelsea. And the Italian would little doubt rank Tottenham’s late scramble into the Champions League qualification locations final season as an achievement to sit down in the direction of the higher echelons of his profession.
But all of the whereas, doubts about his capability to translate that success into Europe’s premier membership competitors have continued. Conte had gained three of his final 15 matches within the competitors previous to Wednesday night time; his final two campaigns at Inter noticed them fail to get out of the group stage earlier than ending backside in 2021-22 with one victory from their six video games.
For a protracted interval right here, it appeared as if Conte would battle as soon as extra. In 37 Champions League video games, he has equal quantities of wins and losses (12) to go together with 13 attracts. Tonight’s outcome was all that mattered however Conte will know performances must enhance to remain on observe in Group D.
3. Son’s struggles proceed
Son outpaced Mbemba to pressure the Marseille defender right into a last-ditch deal with he mistimed, prompting Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic to brandish a crimson card (after dropping it on the ground as he tried to take action). It was, due to this fact, a pivotal contribution from Son however solely a short flash of the menace he has so typically proven previously.
The 30-year-old South Korea star, who tied with Mohamed Salah for the Premier League Golden Boot final season, is but to get off the mark in any competitors up to now this time and located himself one among a number of Spurs stifled by Marseille’s fearsome urgent, notably within the first half. His particular person anticipated targets was 0.08 from 86 minutes, a lot decrease than Richarlison (0.55), Kane (0.21) and even Kulusevski (0.20) who solely performed the ultimate 29 minutes at proper wing-back.
Son deserves time to come back good — as he absolutely will earlier than too lengthy — however the added competitors for locations at Spurs this season will add the stress on him to take action.
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris 6, Emerson Royal 7, Cristian Romero 6, Eric Dier 7, Clement Lenglet 6, Ivan Perisic 7, Rodrigo Bentancur 6, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7, Richarlison 8, Son Heung-Min 6, Harry Kane 6.
Subs: Dejan Kulusevski 7, Japhet Tanganga 6, Ben Davies 6, Matt Doherty 6, Yves Bissouma 6.
Marseille: Pau Lopez 6, Chancel Mbemba 4, Eric Bailly 7, Samuel Gigot 7, Jonathan Clauss 7, Matteo Guendouzi 7, Jordan Veretout 7, Valentin Rongier 7, Nuno Tavares 5, Gerson 6, Luis Suarez 6.
Subs: Leonardo Balerdi 6, Sead Kolasinac 6, Amine Harit 6, Pape Gueye 6, Cengiz Under 6.
Best and worst performers
BEST: Richarlison, Tottenham.
Two targets on his Champions League debut elevated a median Tottenham efficiency right into a successful one. His second header specifically was glorious.
WORST: Chancel Mbemba, Marseille
The guests had been within the ascendancy till Mbemba’s determined Forty seventh-minute lunge on Son, which decreased his crew to 10 males.
Highlights and notable moments
First Champions League recreation at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. First targets for summer season signing Richarlison.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 7, 2022
You can inform it means quite a bit for the Brazilian star.
After the match: What the managers, gamers mentioned
“I bear in mind very properly once we signed him, he mentioned ‘I am unable to wait to take heed to the Champions League music and to play on this competitors. They had been necessary phrases for me. This morning, I remembered. I mentioned ‘Richy, I bear in mind what you mentioned and tonight you’ve got your alternative. You have an opportunity. You deserve this, get pleasure from this second and attempt to do your finest.’ I believe he did his finest and helped us to get the factors.” — Spurs coach Antonio Conte on Richarlison
“Tough recreation, taking part in in opposition to a very good Marseille crew who’ve had an awesome begin to the season. Difficult within the Champions League, we wanted to start out robust at dwelling and the sending off helped. In the tip Richarlison popped off a few targets.” — Spurs captain Harry Kane, to BT Sport
“We ought to do higher from the primary minute, we had been a bit nervous with the ball however defended properly and saved a clear sheet. We need to hold going, do a bit higher with the ball nevertheless it was a bit simpler 11 vs 10.” — Spurs winger Ivan Perisic, to BT Sport
Key Stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Information)
– A collection of “firsts” for Richarlison. His first Champions League recreation, his first scores as a Tottenham man, and his first recreation with a number of headed targets throughout all competitions.
– Marseille’s distress continues in Champions League campaigns of late — one win and 15 losses within the their final 16 video games of the competitors.
Tottenham Hotspur: A busy week forward, with a giant Premier League conflict at Manchester City on Saturday. Spurs then head to Lisbon to face Sporting CP in Champions League motion subsequent Tuesday, then internet hosting Leicester City in league motion on Sept. 17.