The best form of defence
In football the best form of defence is often attack, simply because it keeps the ball high up the pitch away from your goal.
With a patched-up, makeshift Tottenham back four, pushing square pegs in round holes, Ange Postecoglou tried to enact that very form of defence.
The Australian had been very unhappy with the performance against Wolves before the international break. Publicly he said he was pleased with the effort put in, but privately and then eventually publicly he was unimpressed with a timid, ponderous attacking display that was more in keeping with his predecessors than anything he stands for.
So he took out two senior players in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Eric Dier, both members of last season's leadership group, and went for all out attack with four full-backs and four wings-backs. It produced a game that should have delivered what Postecoglou was after but instead brought exactly the same result as the one at Molineux.
The Australian roared constantly at his team to get them up the pitch, at one point berating Ben Davies twice within a minute for not playing a quick pass to Bryan Gil on the left to get Tottenham moving up the pitch.
In all, Spurs had 18 shots at goal, eight on target with Emiliano Martinez forced into six saves. They also hit the woodwork twice, had three Son Heung-min 'goals' ruled out for offside and also had a penalty claim for a Diego Carlos elbow in Gil's face dismissed far too easily by the officials and VAR, which had some technical problems in the first half.
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