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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Pochettino: the future of the project

Tottenham made everyone sit up and take notice last weekend when there were very few people brave enough to predict a Tottenham victory. The press were all seduced by the easy start Manchester City have had to the Premier League and as usual when a side has an unbeaten run cast them as invincible.

The scoreline flattered them to some extent given how better we were for three-quarters of the game and the penalty we missed. The continuation of the one holding midfielder, a change from last season's 4-2-3-1 saw Victor Wanyama produce a superb performance. He can now alternate with Eric Dier in that role leaving us to play four attacking midfielders.

We can of course switch back to 4-2-3-1 at any time with the personnel we have, but Dele Alli needed to be kept in attacking position and not shackled to a holding midfield role. Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that that is the way we will continue to play.

"The design to play is not only [for] today. We played against CSKA [Moscow] and against Middlesbrough and different games with only one midfielder holding. I think that the future and the project of the team is to play with only one."

We are at Matchweek 7 and at this stage we have improved on each season Pochettino has been with us. Each season we have conceded less goals.

2014/15 - WWLDLDW - 9 goals for, 7 against, goal difference +3 - 6th 
2015/16 - LDDDWWW - 9 goals for, 5 against, goal difference +3 - 5th 
2016/17 - DWDWWWW - 12 goals for, 3 against, goal difference +9 - 2nd


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