Now this is something I haven't done for a while but I wanted to take a look at Tottenham ahead of Sunday. Looking from the outside in a...

Now this is something I haven't done for a while but I wanted to take a look at Tottenham ahead of Sunday. Looking from the outside in at Spurs, we all see the strength they have in their squad now compared to a couple of seasons ago.

The addition of Harry Redknapp has been immense even if at the time I think it's fair to say that not all of the supporters were right with him. His impact has been different class and there is no other way to describe it.

He has brought on the likes of Bale and Modric, added players such as Parker, Adebayor and Van der Vaart to the players already there and has built a really strong side that featured in the Champions League last term and are fighting with us to qualify again this season.

However, in recent weeks their form has taken a turn and I am looking to find a reason as to why. I think I have the answers and will reveal how Chelsea can go about beating Spurs on Sunday.

The Tottenham weakness = GAPS in their defensive shape.

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  • Big gaps between the Spurs defence and midfield caused by midfield pushing up and defence dropping off deep.
  • The Spurs midfield gets sucked in towards the ball and no one follows a midfield run.
  • Playing 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 with three in middle, they all play square no one holding.
  • Likes of Bale, VDV or Lennon playing wide offer little defensive support most of the time they are caught ball watching.
  • Kaboul likes to step out of the defensive line to win the ball and leaves King exposed
  • Tottenham are weak against counter-attacking football.
  • Chelsea need to play 4-2-3-1 and find Juan Mata in the hole just like Osman or RVP in the shots above - he can create all sorts of problems in the space Tottenham ALLOW you to have.
  • Chelsea's midfield five HAVE TO work hard to win the ball back and get it forward quickly
  • Chelsea could win the game in the latter stages as the likes of Parker, Modric and Bale tire.

That's how I believe you can beat this Tottenham side and explains for me their recent run of results. Both Norwich goals exposed the same gaps between the defence and midfield. Chelsea can and should be able to do the same!


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  1. Yes u are right........but we will need Sturdge instead of Kalu cuz he can run




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