'Ended up as the dominant player' - Tottenham coach has his say on duel between Udogie and Saka

Published: September 24, 2023
'Ended up as the dominant player' - Tottenham coach has his say on duel between Udogie and Saka

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou claimed that Destiny Udogie ultimately won the thrilling battle on the flank between the left-back and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka during the north London derby. 


The north London derby was billed as a showdown between two young players in Saka and Udogie - a battle easily won by the England international in the opening forty five minutes. 


Udogie had arguably, his worst display in the first half of a Premier League game as he looked nervy and incomposed, but improved as the game wore on, largely due to the fact that Bukayo Saka was starved of service in the second half. 


The talented fullback was troubled by Saka in the first half and drew a yellow card in the 15th minute when he flew in late on the Arsenal winger. 


Less than a minute later, Eddie Nketiah almost broke the deadlock but was denied by goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario after a wayward back pass by Udogie. 


Reacting the performance of Udogie, Ange Postecoglou was quoted as saying by Football. London: "I thought both our full-backs had difficult jobs today. Arsenal have outstanding wide players but they dealt with it.


"Destiny picked up a yellow card but I felt he dealt with it well and ended up as the dominant player on that side. It will have been a great learning experience for him."


The 20-year-old Udogie registered a game-high eight tackles in the north London derby and made four tackles in ninety minutes of action.



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



Photo Credit: arsenal.com



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