“We should do better from the first minute,” says the Tottenham winger. “We were a bit nervous with the ball but defended well and kept a clean sheet. We have to keep going, do a bit better with the ball but it was a bit easier 11 v 10. We signed a lot of new players and need some time, especially in the Champions League. We have to continue like this and are in a good way.”
Group D: Richarlison opened his Champions League account with two fine headed second-half goals to give his side the win over 10-man Marseille. Davit Hytner reports from White Hart Lane.
“Tough game,” says the Tottenham striker in an interview with BT Sport. “We were playing against a really good side, who have obviously had a really good start to the season themselves this year. It’s difficult, you know? A home game in the Champions League, we wanted to start strong and get the win, which we did in the second half. We had to dig deep and keep knocking on the door and thankfully Richie popped up with a couple of goals.”
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It wasn’t pretty and the game turned on a red card for Chancel Mbemba in the second half, but Spurs have got the win and couldn’t be happier with it. Richarlison scored two outsatanding headers to win the game for the hosts, his first in the Champions League. At the final whistle, he goes to greet his family behind one of the goals, where he breaks down in tears.
90+4 min: A brilliant block from Ben Davies keeps Marseille out after the Welsh international had given the ball away cheaply.
90+4 min: Matt Doherty wins a corner for Spurs, it’s taken and the ball finds its way to Kane, who spins and shoots. Wide.
90+3 min: Hugo Lloris dawdles over a kick-out as the clock ticks down.
90 + 1 min: Spurs advance again, with Tanganga trying to play Kane in behind. His pass is intercepted. A penny for the thoughts of Son, who has retired to the bench and is still without a goal to his name this season.
89 min: Not for the first time this season, they’ve been nowhere near their best but Spurs are about to eke out a win against 10-man Marseille courtesy of two excellent headers from Richarlison.
88 min: Marseille double-substitution: Cengiz Under and Papa Gueye on for Jordan Veretout and Samuel Gigot.
86 min: Tottenham double-substituion: Yves Bissouma and Matt Doherty on for Son and Bentancur.
83 min: Tottenham’s players have finally woken up and so have their fans. “Are you watching Arsenal?” they sing, having sat in almost total silence with little or nothing to say for themselves during the 79 minutes when their team actually needed their support.
Spurs go two up! Having steered a Perisic cross through the gloves of Pau Lopez to score his first Champions League goal, Richarlison powers a second header home at the far post, outjumping Samuel Gigot and directing the ball inside the near post.
Tottenham lead! Richarlison leaps and stretches every sinew to power a header past Pau Lopez.
74 min: Nuno Tavares squares the ball acrossd the face of the Spurs goal. Ben Davies makes a hash of trying to clear it but somehow it doesn’t fall kindly at the feet of Amine Harit, who wasn’t expecting it to come his way. Spurs clear.
73 min: Tottenham double-substitution: Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies on for Cristian Romero and Clement Lenglet.
70 min: Marseille substitution: Amine Harit on for Luis Suarez, who leaves the field v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. And who can blame him? Moments previously, Sead Kolasinac replaced Jonathan Clauss in the Marseille ranks.
68 min: Now Kulusevski sends a cross into the Marseille box from the right touchline. He overhits his delivery and sends the ball floating well wide of the far upright.
67 min: Tottenham sling two crosses in quick succession into the Marseille penalty area. Both are cleared.
66 min: Son is booked for protesting too much when the referee awards Marseille a goal-kick for what should definitely have been a Tottenham corner.
65 min: Kulusevski cuts inside Jonathan Clauss, dribbles along the byline and shoots from an impossible angle and it’s blocked by Pau Lopez.
61 min: Cristian Romero sends a wonderful ball from deep high up the pitch for Perisic (who is higher up the pitch!) to chase. The Croatian misjudges the flight of the ball, miscontrols and is unable to get a cross in for Son. At the second attempt, he picks out Richarlison, who heads over the cross-bar.
60 min: Tottenham substitution: Dejan Kulusevski on for Emerson. Will Spurs switch to a back four? Will Perisic move a little higher up the pitch? Does anyone care?
58 min: Tottenham have yet to muster a shot on target, while Marseille have gone into time-wasting mode.
55 min: A man to the good, Tottenham are finally dominating possession with Marseille having completely changed their approach.
53 min: Eric Dier gets booked for leaping into the back of Luis Suarez as the two players contested a high ball.
51 min: Marseille substitution: Igor Tudor replaces Gerson with the centre-back Leonardo Balerdi.
49 min: Harry Kane takes the free-kick, the ball in line with the right side of Marseille’s penalty area, and shoots straight into the defensive wall.
47 min: Son runs on to a through ball from Harry Kane and is tripped by Chancel Mbemba about five yards outside the Marseille penalty area. The referee reaches for his back pocket, pulls out the red card, drops it out on the ground, retrieves and brandishes in Mbemba’s direction. On loan at Marseille from Manchester United, Eric Bailly is booked for protesting.
46 min: Marseille get the ball rolling for the second half with no changes in personnel on either side.
Peep! A diabolically bad half of football draws to a close with the deadlock resolutely unbroken. Both sets of players have been fairly uninspired but if it was a boxing match you’d have Marseille ahead on points because despite being away from home they’re at least having a go. Awful stuff.
45+1 min: Hugo Lloris finally makes one, getting low down to his right to push away a 20-yard drive from Matteo Guendouzi.
44 min: As we approach half-time, the quality of this game has been so high that neither goalkeeper has had to make a save.