Tottenham Hotspur – Wolverhampton Wanderers: Resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers Claim Comeback Victory After Falling Behind Twice (2-3)
Sunday action in the Premier League saw Tottenham Hotspur play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a clash that could prove crucial in the race for Champions League qualification. The ensuing contest was an entertaining and even one, with Wolves claiming the points in a game full of goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Spurs were only a point ahead of their opponents in the league standings. Both sides were looking towards chasing down Chelsea, who sat only five points above Spurs in fourth place. Chelsea were also the side that Spurs last played, with José Mourinho’s side losing out 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Wolves, on the other hand had won their last league game emphatically, a 3-0 win against Norwich, and were coming off midweek progression into the UEFA Europa League eighth-finals.
Tottenham boss José Mourinho opted to send his side out in a 3-4-3 formation. Paulo Gazzaniga was the hosts’ goalkeeper and he had the trio of Davinson Sánchez, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga ahead of him. Serge Aurier and Ben Davies would operate as the wing-backs with Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks in central midfield. Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn were then the three in attack for Spurs, as will be explained later, they had a lot of positional freedom.
Wolves were lined up in a 3-4-3 formation by manager Nuno Espírito Santo. In goal was Rui Patrício and in front of him were Willy Boly . . .