Spurs finally figure it out

Well how pleasing was that, a new and different Spurs, yes it was only pre-season, yes it was only against second string Celtic but there were the first signs of a new mental approach.

Spurs finally figure it out


Tottenham scored six, yes folks they didn't give up after three, they scored six.

I have been saying for 2 years our problems in front of goal are our own doing so what joy to see a change. When Tottenham go 2-0 up or 3-0 up as far as they are concerned they have won, that has been the past thinking. The important element though is that the players have then created more chances but through lazy wastefulness don't capitalise. They miss easy goals at the end of games because it doesn't matter.

Then when it does mater they can't score. Naturally not they haven't ingrained it in themselves to keep sticking the ball in the back of the net. The top sides crush teams when they are 3-0 up, they get 4, 5, 6. We don't, or we didn't. Our 43-year-old goalkeeper Brad Friedel begin the point.

“It was really good from an attacking standpoint. It’s the first time Ade’s had a run-out and he got himself on the scoresheet with the penalty and Christian Eriksen scored a wonderful free-kick – not to mention all the other goals. 
“Andros also showed his skill and pace on the first goal with some really good passing and movement as he picked out Harry. When you score a lot of goals, it gives the attacking players real confidence.”

That's exactly what I was saying pre North American tour in a couple of articles.
Soldado pre-season goals are vital and Soldado & Lamela self-confidence the key

For Lamela and Soldado goals from open play were vital so Soldado's against Celtic was more significant than any of the others but for the team notching 6 is hopefully a sign of things to come. The players could have simply knocked the ball about as Spurs do. You usually see Adebayor drop into midfield and just keep playing sideways passes when we are 3-0 up, trying to score 4 has been an alien concept to us by and large.

Being clinical is a vital component of success so continuing to knock in goals was a welcome sign, it's a step in the right direction. It's about always striving for better, don't rest on what you have.

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The players seem, and all reports coming out of the club, are that the players are happy, that they are enjoying life under Mauricio Pochettino. This may well be that they are excited by the possibilities that lie ahead. If a new found clinical nature in front of goal is going to be a part of it then so am I.

“It’s more minutes under the belt with each match and I think all the lads are adapting really well to Mauricio’s tactics. We’ve got one more game before the big kick-off against West Ham, so every 90 minutes matters for us.”

Brad has been in the best vantage point possible, he has been involved in training but then been standing in goal watching it all from behind. He can see everything that is happening and the players do seem to adapted well as expected. They had a sample of these tactics under Andre Villas-Boas so Mauricio Pochettino's tactics are simply a slight change with the addition of what to do in the final third.

With each passing game you want the next one to arrive, a bit like the goals that have now started arriving. We now need to see that clinical approach taken into Premier League games at the end and 4-0, 5-0 score lines more often.

It's a small mental change but it's an ever so important one.



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