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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Spurs v WBA preview



Spurs v WBA Preview

Saturday 14 January
12.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion (Sky Sports)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: S Burt, S Child
Fourth official: K Friend


Mauricio Pochettino v Tony Pulis, his head-to-head record with the WBA boss in the Premier League is won two drawn three: WWDDD.

“The past is the past. That’s a different season, a different circumstance. It’s always tough to play them. This season West Brom are doing a fantastic job. It’s always difficult to play a team managed by Tony Pulis.
"One of the keys is to try to be patient, to move the ball quick, try to find the space, try to move them because they will play very deep and try to counter attack and set pieces. It is important for us to try to be patient, to handle the ball in the better way, to try to avoid the counter attack and try to find the space and the gaps to try to create a chance."

WBA is never an easy game for us, indeed as Mauricio Pochettino points out, any Tony Pulis side is difficult for us, he sets his sides up very well defensively. Last season the commentators were stressing how disciplined they were against us and they were expecting a mistake to let us in. That mistake never happened and again in the post-match analysis, they centered on the defensive discipline, with each player carrying out his task rather than knocking our attacking efforts.

That will be the key to the game again. Can our movement cause them to make a mistake and give us the space between the lines to grab goals like those against Chelsea. Against many sides you would say yes, against a Tony Pulis side, it is not quite so certain.


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