Panic On The Streets of (North) London

If Tottenham could consistently finish top three with a thin and brittle squad, how much better would they be with a true depth in quality? If Mauricio Pochettino could take them to the Champions League final having bought only a single player in 18 months, what could he do if he was fully backed by... Continue Reading →

Questions from Ricky

I'm on a podcast called The Extra Inch. Sometimes when I'm on it I forget to not talk in jargon. As a result I'm asked this: https://twitter.com/RickyTFC/status/1050401590639816704 What are inverted full backs? About 20 years ago coaches decided they were going to attack more with their full-backs. But the formation, the 4-4-2, they were playing meant... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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