Ahead of the tie against Liverpool today let's just remind ourselves of the attacking football Pochettino's men produced against Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers.
The tally so far is played 4 won 4 scored 10 conceded 1 which warrants a 'mixed start' in the world of Paul Merson. Clearly he means performances but Spurs played with 10 men against West Ham so had to totally alter the way we play, thrashed QPR and had virtual second XI's out against AEL Limassol.
A lot of fans complain on forums about the number of backward passes players make, especially Aaron Lennon so I thought it would be a good idea to have a look and see what the statistics reveal.
Our two full-backs, Dier and Rose pass forwards 54.95% and 53.85% so very similar, both centre-backs are similar too, Kaboul 77.9% and Vertonghen 76%.
Spurs central midfielder Etienne Capoue passes forwards 60.71%, Nabil Bentaleb 61.81% and Mousa Bembele 47.83% our wide attackers Lennon 43.75%, Erik Lamela 34.72%, Andros Towsend 42.86% and Nacer Chadli 32.14%.
Early days but rather surprisingly Aaron Lennon passes forwards more than our other wide men and the game he played in we only had 10 men against 11 whereas when Townsend played in the same game he played against 10 players.
The video below is only just over 4 minutes and centres on our attacking play rather then match highlights, goals or individual performances so most of the passes seen are forwards.
More of the same will be very nice thank-you.
Sunday, August 31, 2014 Spurs vs Liverpool