Christian Romero dropped fans’ anxiety.
Tottenham lost 0-1 to Manchester City in the fourth round of the 2023-24 English FA Cup held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, the U.K. at 5 a.m. on Wednesday (Korea time). Tottenham will conclude its FA Cup journey in the round of 16.
Tottenham, who was eliminated from the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup). As he is not participating in the European competition, the only remaining tournament to be able to win was the FA Cup.
Tottenham was inferior in objective power, but was confident. It was because they were “extremely strong” against Manchester City at home. Based on “Huscoord,” a soccer statistics media, Tottenham won all of the last five matches against Manchester City in its official matches at home. Not only did it win five consecutive games, but it also showed solid performance without losing a point at all. Would Pep Guardiola have said that his next goal after the treble was to score a goal away from Tottenham.
Of course, there were some parts that made me nervous. Son Heung-min, who played a key role during his five-game winning streak, was absent. Son had joined the Korean national team to play at the Asian Cup. Nevertheless, Tottenham was fully armed to some extent with key players such as Mickey van der Ben, Christian Romero, James Medicine, and Dejan Kulusevski returning.
Manchester City took the lead in the match. Tottenham didn’t allow a run due to solid defense and Guglielmo Vicario’s good defense, but they were in a hurry to stop their opponent’s attack by giving up as many as 18 shots in 90 minutes. Shortly before the end of the second half, Nathan Ake allowed a run and collapsed to 0-1.
Unfortunately, the team failed in the last competition, which had a chance to win, and the possibility of “no” increased further. Fans as well as players and staff could be disappointed.
However, Romero, the captain of the team, sent a message to his fans that he would overcome the current situation. “Losing is painful. But it gives us the power to get back on our feet. I have no doubt that we are heading in the right direction. Let’s continue the current trend. I am grateful to everyone who supports us. We will come back stronger,” he said on his SNS account.