Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

25 September 2023 07:00
Spurs are making huge strides, Darwin Núñez has kicked on and Manchester United are a tactical mishmash“We’re seeing steps probably quicker than anyone expected,” James Maddison said after an enterprising Spurs left Arsenal with a point. His manager, Ange Postecoglou, was less willing to talk about timelines but it is undeniable that few outsiders expected Tottenham to emerge from the derby unscathed. That they did so was a testament to their bravery, and especially that of Maddison: he was caught in possession glaringly for a chance Gabriel Jesus inexplicably skied, but kept showing up for the ball in difficult areas and finished with two assists. Tottenham looked raw at times, skittish at others, and lived on their nerves for spells, but never strayed from Postecoglou’s fluid, proactive philosophy. “He said today that that’s the way he wants to play,” Maddison said. “If we lose playing his way, that’s on him, his responsibility, and it gives you freedom to go and play as well.” Tottenham are at the start of what will, surely, be a fun and fruitful journey. David HytnerMatch report: Arsenal 2-2 TottenhamMatch report: Chelsea 0-1 Aston VillaMatch report: Liverpool 3-1 West Ham Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian