Tottenham overcomes back post run struggles to salvage point against Manchester United
April 28, 2023
April 28, 2023 — During the first half, Manchester United’s back post was open for Tottenham to attack, and passes were being played into dangerous areas, but no one was making the run to the back post. In the second half, Tottenham made those runs and scored two goals but they could have had more.
This is one example of a Tottenham forward not making the run to the back post. This happened two other times. I mentioned it before half-time:
All Heung-Min Son or Harry Kane for Tottenham has to do is make the run to the far post once the ball enters Man United's box on the LW. Both have been making a run to the near post, and all three times, there's been no one on the end of the pass across goal on the ground.— Tactics Journal (@TacticsJournal) April 27, 2023
Tottenham began making that run to the back post in the second half, they capitalized on this chance for the first goal. The ball was headed down by Harry Kane then fell to Pedro Porro; he smacked the ball into the top right hand corner to make it 2-1.
The forwards will always have the upper hand over the defenders when the ball is played to the back post because they can attack the post on their back foot and all they have to do is direct the ball towards the net forward into the goal. The defenders have to sidestep their way into the challenge and time their lunge to either block or direct the ball away from goal, which is a harder task.
Son was unable to convert this chance but the cracks in Manchester United’s defense began to show more as the second half went on.
That small adjustment to favor runs to the back post was one big factor that changed the match, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Tottenham, especially Heung-Min Son, has had the issue where they favor near post run when the back post ball is favored, so hopefully that trend ends with this match.