Mousa Dembele: Absolute Control

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 →

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Counter-Pressing: The Difference Between Spurs & Liverpool

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 →

Preview: Tottenham v Wembley

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 →

16/17 End of Season Q&A

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 →

Pochettino’s Back Three Part Two

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 →

Why the way we press might be holding us back

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 →

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