Bournemouth – Tottenham Hotspur: Brand Postecoglou Beats Brand Iraola (0-2)

On the day, Tottenham’s buildup bettered Bournemouth’s press. The away side continued to showcase their understanding and the effectiveness of Ange Postecoglou’s style of play. Whereas for the home side, there is still work to be done, and fitness levels to be reached, for Andoni Iraola’s style to begin making an impact. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Smoothy.

The third gameweek of this new Premier League campaign brought together Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur. Two clubs who appointed new managers this summer in an attempt to rebrand their team’s respective identities.

For Bournemouth, the unique selling points of brand Andoni Iraola were pressing and intensity. For Spurs, the appeal of brand Ange Postecoglou was proactive football, both in and out of possession.

Whilst both sides drew their respective opening games, they had contrasting results in gameweek two. Bournemouth suffered a 3-1 away defeat to Liverpool, whereas Spurs achieved a 2-1 home win against Manchester United. With the home side on one point and the away side on four, here’s how both manager’s lined up their sides in the battle for three points in this fixture. 

Iraola made two changes to his previous starting eleven. Neto was put between the posts and Lloyd Kelly came into defense alongside Max Aarons, Illia Zabarnyi and Milos Kerkez. In midfield, Joe Rothwell was supported by Ryan Christie and Philip Billing and in attack, Dominic Solanke was flanked by Antoine Semenyo and Justin Kluivert, making his first start.

Spurs manager Postecoglou named an unchanged side with Guglielmo Vicario in goal, behind a back four of Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven and Destiny Udogie. Pape Matar Sarr . . .

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