Ange Postecoglou hails Destiny Udogie for dominating Arsenal star Bukayo Saka in Tottenham’s draw
Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou was full of praise for one of his players after Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal. Spurs left the Emirates with a point after two goals from Son Heung-min to remain unbeaten in the Premier League under their new manager.
Son levelled it up in the first half following Cristian Romero’s own goal and he made it 2-2 in the second half after Saka netted a 54th-minute penalty. Spurs boss Postecoglou was left particularly impressed with his left-back Destiny Udogie, who kept Saka mostly quiet despite his yellow card in the 15th minute.
‘I thought both our full-backs had difficult jobs today,’ Postecoglou said after the match. ‘Arsenal have outstanding wide players, that’s where their threats are. Destiny picked up a yellow card and it could have made him nervous but but I felt he dealt with it well and ended up as the dominant player on that side of the pitch.
‘It will have been a great learning experience for him, going toe-to-toe with a top side.’
The Australian was also unhappy with Arsenal’s second-half penalty and has called for clarity over handball rules. ‘I’ve got no idea about the handball rule,’ he added. ‘I really don’t. I saw the one yesterday at Wolves and it just seems if it hits your hand it’s a penalty and then other times if it hits your hand, it isn’t a penalty.
‘I’ve got no idea. It is the one rule in the game I just don’t understand. Unless we start developing armless defenders I don’t know how you are supposed to block things and be in a natural position. It is what it is. You kind of hope these things even themselves out over the course of a year but I don’t understand the handball rule. I think any clarity would be good because I have got no idea.’
Sunday’s north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal was an exciting affair that ended in a 2-2 draw. Spurs head coach Ange Postecoglou was full of praise for one of his players, left-back Destiny Udogie, who kept Arsenal star Bukayo Saka mostly quiet despite his yellow card in the 15th minute. Postecoglou believes Udogie’s performance will be a great learning experience for him as he went toe-to-toe with a top side.
The Australian was also unhappy with Arsenal’s second-half penalty and has called for clarity over handball rules. He believes that any clarity on the handball rule would be beneficial to all players and teams as it is one of the most confusing rules in football.
Overall, Sunday’s north London derby was an entertaining affair that showcased some of the best talent in the Premier League. Spurs’ Destiny Udogie was able to keep Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka quiet despite his yellow card and Ange Postecoglou believes this will be a great learning experience for him. Postecoglou also called for clarity on the handball rule as it is one of the most confusing rules in football.