Substitutes and Coaching Rating
Cristian Stellini – 9
I’m not sure Stellini will permanently replace Conte, and maybe he went with the let’s win one for Antonio speech, but whatever the Italian said before the game and at half-time worked. Tottenham did not just defend and counterattack; Spurs defended with grit and determination, leading to quick and dangerous counterattacks. Tottenham had excellent shape and, more importantly, the type of effort needed to win a 1-0 game against the champions.
Ryan Sessegnon – 6
The first substitute for Tottenham, with just under a quarter of an hour to play, Sessegnon came on for Perisic on the left to sure up Spurs defense. Sessegnon saw a little of the ball and did what he was supposed to do late in the game: run with it toward the corner. Ryan even got Kyle Walker to pick up a late yellow card.
Yves Bissouma – N/A
In the last six minutes plus injury time, Yves Bissouma replaced Son, reflecting a more committed transition to a 5-4-1 formation to see out the game. Bissouma ran about but never touched the ball.
Davinson Sanchez – N/A
After Romero picked up his red card, the Colombian defender came on with a minute of the 90 left. Brought on to help reform the new 5-3-1 defensive shape with just ten men on the pitch, Sanchez never got a touch in the game.