Mousa Dembele doesn’t score goals. Doesn’t assist. He’s not especially adept at shielding a defence as a lone defensive midfielder and he rarely passes the ball more than 10 yards, through a defence or off the ground. Yet while serving suspension at the beginning of the 16/17 Premier League season Mauricio Pochettino declared, if with... Continue Reading →
With both Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp arriving in the Premier League at a similar time, each with their own brand of counter-pressing, it’s little surprise the two are grouped together. The two of them, however, arrive at their methods from different directions and do what they do for different reason. Although there are some... Continue Reading →
Spurs’ “Wembley woes” this season gone, have got fans worried about spending an entire year (or even two if the project is delayed) at the nation's home ground. It’s easy to question conclusions drawn from such a small sample and easier still to look into those game and spin the angle. A group stage played... Continue Reading →
I was surprised by both the quantity and quality of questions I received on a single tweet I only bumped once. Maybe that's because this is a one-off but if it isn't then maybe this can become a slightly more regular thing. Sorry if your question hasn't made it. I'll try to tweet replies to... Continue Reading →
I was lucky enough to watch Sunday's game in the company of Spurs greats Clive Allen and Darren Anderton at the Grosvenor Casino, Piccadilly. Both of these players had careers that I think were somewhat prototypical. First I spoke to Clive who played as a lone forward in front of a midfield five during an... Continue Reading →
If you haven't read it already, Part One explored the journey by which we have arrived at playing the back three. Inverting the Backline Triangle Although we created a back three for a lot of last season the new system differs because of the shape it takes. Last season the wide two would rarely be... Continue Reading →
The absence of The Dembele of Last Season has left Tottenham without a way to play the ball out from the back. This season so far has been the story of coping without Mousa's mastery.
From my lengthy end-of-season review piece I wrote back in May: "Effectively, and I am probably guilty of over-simplifying here, there are three different ways to approach counter-pressing. Ball-orientated, man-orientated and pass-lane-orientated. The first in the list is the most simple to teach but the easiest to bypass and the last in the list is the most... Continue Reading →