Tottenham and Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw on Friday night in a behind closed doors match due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham’s January signing, Steven Bergwijn, opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s side against Manchester United with a well-taken strike after a counterattack that left Harry Maguire clueless as he failed to track down, before United star boy Bruno Fernandes levelled from the penalty spot towards the end of the match.
Tottenham’s starting line-up included Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks, Bergwijn, Lamela, Son; Kane while Man United benched Paul Pogba and started with De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Martial, James, Rashford. Nigerian striker Ighalo was left on the bench alongside Matic and Lingard.
Tottenham held on towards the end despite pressure heaped on their defence but a goal from Fernandes’ penalty after Pogba was tripped on the byline ten minutes from the end of the match, ensured the match ended in a draw.
Goalscorer Steven Bergwijn after the match spoke to the media.
He told Sky Sports: “”We had a good first half, but we let them have too much pressure in the second half.
“It is different with no public. There are millions of people watching the game though.”
Star player, Bruno Fernandes was asked about his role playing with Paul Pogba and whether it impacts his game.
He replied: “No, it doesn’t change nothing. As a team we need to look for the Champions League. We are one point closer but they [Chelsea] need to play.
“I like the pressure so maybe with the crowd it [the penalty] will be better but maybe next time I shoot another one.
On the second spot kick that was overturned, Fernandes added: “I kick the ball and after I kick the ball I found his foot. It doesn’t matter, VAR is here to help. If they think it is not a penalty, then we need to accept and nothing more.”
“I think we did very well, was a difficult game. We start good with our ideas but they score on the counter. We are all the time in the game. We score we have a lot of chances to score. It is a good result but we are not happy with it.
“Maybe in the second half we create more chances than the first half. The game was good, after a long stop I think we did very well.
“We were training hard in the past weeks, I was in a group with Paul, so to find a connection was easier. But I find a good connection with everyone but the most important is the same and I think Paul thinks the same. It doesn’t matter who scores.”
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