Opinion: Why a back three may be the best option for Mourinho’s Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Spurs are looking very vulnerable at the back and while Mourinho is rotating his defenders, he needs to settle on a set line up to ensure consistency, which should then improve performances.

Mourinho has always been known as a defensive coach, but we have not seen this side of his game at full flow in North London as of yet. I believe that a back three could be the long-term answer.

A back three would allow Spurs to start with Sanchez, Alderweireld, and Tanganga in one XI. Both Sanchez and Tanganga are pacey defenders, but also both young and can be suspect in a positional sense.

However, having Toby there to reassure them and cover them if needed would add experience. It would also mean that Toby could potentially have more time to deliver some long diagonal balls.

The full-back situation would be resolved with Aurier and Sessegnon. While Aurier is not a top-quality right back, he has improved in recent games and when playing as a wing-back would have less defensive responsibility.

At left-back, it looks like Rose’s days are numbered and with Davies being injured, the responsibility falls to Sessegnon.

While he is still learning the left-back role, starting as a wing-back would give him more cover defensively, as well as more opportunities to attack, something he needs to improve on.

This would leave Vertonghen on the bench as a back-up option, which would be good based on his recent form.

Either way, whatever Mourinho does, he needs to choose a consistent defence and stick with it!

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