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Spurs: Ryan Sessegnon let Antonio Conte down vs Marseille

Tottenham Hotspur went into Tuesday evening’s Champions League meeting with Olympique de Marseille knowing that a point at the Orange Vélodrome would see them qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2019/20.

However, a towering header from former Newcastle United centre-back Chancel Mbemba late in the first half gave the home side a well-deserved lead – with the Ligue 1 club having dominated Spurs for the opening 45 minutes.

Upon the start of the second half, however – as has so often been the case for Conte’s side this season – Tottenham looked like a completely different team, with the Premier League outfit finally beginning to put their foot on the ball in Marseille territory.

Soon after, a Clement Lenglet header from Ivan Perišić’s fantastic delivery pulled the visitors level, and, while ex-Arsenal defender Sead Kolašinac missed a glorious chance to reclaim the lead for Marseille in the dying stages of the match, it would be Spurs who ultimately went on to claim the three points, with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg firing home with the last kick of the game.

However, while Conte will no doubt be delighted with his side’s progression to the knockout stages of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, Tottenham’s first-half display will nevertheless be a huge cause for concern for the Italian, as will the individual performances of a number of his starting XI on the night.

The likes of Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min – prior to his withdrawal due to injury – were both particularly abject over the course of the first 45 minutes, although, it was arguably the display of Ryan Sessegnon that will have most disappointed Conte.

Indeed, despite being deployed on the opposite flank to his usual left wing-back role at the Orange Vélodrome, the 22-year-old struggled to make any real impact on the game whatsoever, enjoying just 18 touches of the ball – 19 less than Hugo Lloris between the Spurs sticks – completing just six of his eight attempted passes and commuting two fouls.

The £21.8m-rated talent also won just one of his four attempted duels – a success rate of a mere 25% – and ceded possession of the ball on four separate occasions – meaning that, with every 4.5 touches he enjoyed – the England U21 international lost the ball for his side.

These returns not only saw the wing-back – who self-confessed Spurs supporter Lee Barratt claimed looked “like a boy” on Tuesday – earn a well below-par SofaScore match rating of just 6.5, but they also saw him hooked by Conte at half-time.

Furthermore, football.london’s Alasdair Gold also awarded the £55k-per-week flanker a four in his own player ratings, as well as stating of the defender’s display:

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“Shaky on the right in the first half before being switched to the left before the break. Shepherded out the ball that ended up being given as a corner despite the linesman flagging for a goal kick, and Marseille duly scored from it. Taken off at half-time after a difficult first half.”

Indeed, while Sessegnon is undoubtedly an extremely talented young prospect, the 22-year-old very much let Conte down against Marseille.

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