Tottenham Hotspur – Liverpool: Liverpool Beat Mourinho’s Defensive Scheme (0-1)
Spurs approached the game with a typical José Mourinho strategy as they sought to defend in a low block and hit Liverpool on the counterattack. Liverpool were able to create a few good chances though, and finally got the breakthrough just before half-time. Spurs’ change of attitude in the second half was not enough to find them an equalizer as Liverpool walked away with the points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Tottenham Hotspur endured mixed results over the festive period. After a poor result at home to Chelsea, they were able to come from behind to beat Brighton at home. However, this was followed by disappointing results in the form of a draw away at Norwich and a defeat at Southampton. Liverpool’s fortunes in this time period were much better. Following their Club World Cup win, Liverpool overcame two potentially difficult opponents in wins against Leicester and Wolves.
For this game, José Mourinho’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Perhaps the most intriguing personnel selection was that of Japhet Tanganga, who made his Premier League debut starting at right back . . .