Tottenham started the Ange Postecoglou era with a 2-2 draw against Brentford in their Premier League opener. James Maddison provided two assists to fill the creative void left by Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich. The match was an entertaining affair in west London, with both teams producing chances.
Tottenham took the lead in the 11th minute when new vice-captain Cristian Romero headed in a free-kick from Maddison. However, Brentford quickly turned the game around with quick-fire goals from Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa. Just before half-time, Emerson Royal scored to level the game for Tottenham.
It had been a whirlwind period for Tottenham, with Kane leaving for Bayern and making his debut for his new club. Son Heung-min was confirmed as the new Tottenham captain, and Postecoglou handed out several debuts during his Premier League bow.
The game got off to a delay due to a sanitation issue, but Tottenham wasted no time scoring the first goal of their new era. Maddison delivered a free-kick that Romero headed home. However, Romero suffered a head injury and was substituted.
Brentford started to grow into the game and equalized from a penalty given against Son for a foul on Mathias Jensen. Mbeumo converted the penalty to make it 1-1. Nine minutes later, Wissa scored with a deflected shot to put Brentford ahead.
Tottenham managed to level the game just before half-time when Emerson scored from 22 yards out after a pass from Maddison. The first half was eventful, with several bookings and minor delays that contributed to 11 minutes of added time.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half, with Brentford substitute Mikkel Damsgaard squandering a chance and Son testing Brentford’s goalkeeper Mark Flekken. The match ended in a draw, showing that both teams could cope without their talismanic players, Kane and Ivan Toney.
Overall, it was an entertaining opener for both teams, with Tottenham adjusting to a new era under Postecoglou and Brentford showcasing their capabilities in the Premier League. Although Tottenham missed Kane’s presence, Maddison played a crucial role in providing creativity and assists. Both teams will look to build on this performance in the upcoming matches.