Tottenham Hotspur – Liverpool: Spurs Leave It Late Against Nine Men (2-1)

Tottenham Hotspur’s possession game faced up against Liverpool’s pressing and transition play, and it looked as if Liverpool were having the better of things early on. A red card for the away side changed things though, and Spurs dominated much of the game afterwards. They struggled to find the winner however, even later on against nine men, until a Joël Matip own-goal eventually gave Ange Postecoglou’s side the three points.

Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

After giving a good account of themselves in the North London Derby last week, Tottenham Hotspur now faced another big challenge with the visit of Liverpool. Ange Postecoglou lined his side up in a 4-3-3 shape, with a back four of Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven, and Destiny Udogie. Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr, and James Maddison were the midfield three, with Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, and Richarlison starting up front.

Prior to this match, Liverpool had won all of their games since their opening day draw at Stamford Bridge. This run included winning from behind with ten men against Newcastle, as well as wins over Aston Villa, Wolves and West Ham. Jürgen Klopp’s side started in a 4-3-3 formation here, with Joe Gomez, Joël Matip, Virgil . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]


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