The fatal flaw of Tottenham Hotspur’s club record has been revealed.

Napoli drew 1-1 in the second leg of the 2022/23 season UEFA안전놀이터 Champions League quarterfinals against AC Milan held at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy on the 19th (Korean time). 

In the 43rd minute of the first half, Olivier Giroud took the lead, and Victor Osimen balanced the score in extra time in the second half. However, after losing the first leg 0-1, the aggregate score was 1-2, and they were eliminated in the quarterfinals. 

Napoli, which needed a victory to advance to the first semi-final in the club’s history, chose Tanguy Ndombele as the starter as André Frank Jambo-Anguisa, along with Kim Min-jae, were unable to play due to sending off. 

It was an unavoidable choice, but this choice became the culprit for the decisive loss. 

In the 43rd minute of the first half, during Napoli’s attack, Ndombele received a pass from Hvica Kvarachelia. He made a ball touch miss in the process and gave possession to Rafael Leang. 

Afterwards, Ndombele pursued Leang, but could not close the gap. As originally evaluated, the slow-footed Ndombele could not catch the fast-footed Leang. 

Léang broke through the left flank and made a low pass, which led to the opening goal as Giroud’s foot was waiting for him. Ndombele followed to the end, but was frustrated. 

U.S. CBS Sports, which broadcast the game, said in an article, “Ndombele and other rotation players are not at the level of key players.” It showed what was needed.” 

Ndombele currently plays for Napoli on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. When he joined in the summer of 2019, he broke the Tottenham club’s highest transfer fee of 62 million euros (approximately 89.7 billion won). 

The offensive side of Ndombele, such as the forward pass and forward dribble, which are considered strong points, stood out on this day as well, but there is a disadvantage that the attitude toward pressure and the lack of defensive power are lacking. Due to his shortcomings, he has not been able to establish himself at Tottenham.

That was evident in this match.

CBS Sports said, “Ndombele had to press when Napoli were defending, and he had to create chances when he had the ball. It shows why they are reluctant to use it as a starter.”

After being kicked out of Tottenham, he also ruined the team in the most important game of the season at Napoli.

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