‘Attacked more’ – Pedro Porro names difference between Sporting and Spurs style

Pedro Porro has admitted that Sporting Lisbon attacked more than Tottenham do at the moment, having played for both clubs in 2023.

Porro made the switch from Portugal to England right at the end of the January transfer window, despite Sporting reneging on the terms of the deal at the final hour (The Athletic).

Pedro Porro
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Spurs ended up paying a £5m loan fee, plus an obligation to sign Porro for a further £39m and 15% of Marcus Edwards’ sell-on clause (Sky Sports).

While Porro endured a slow start to his life in North London, with poor performances against Leicester City and AC Milan, he finally seems to be finding his feet.

The right-wing-back was one of Tottenham’s best players in the win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, adding real attacking flair to the Spurs right side.

However, he has admitted that he has more defensive responsibilities than he did at Sporting, where he was allowed to attack more.

On the differences between the leagues, he said (Sport TV 15/03/23 via Record and SportWitness): “The pace is different, I noticed that right in the first game, the pace is more intense, and the style of play is more physical.

“At Sporting I had more ball and here there are better teams, I have to defend more, and these are things I’m learning little by little.

“At Sporting they attacked more, the model is similar to that of Tottenham but they attacked more.

“Here, the last in the table can beat us, and that for me makes this championship more beautiful.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I just get the feeling that Porro is going to be one of those players who rises to the challenge at Spurs, particularly next season.

The one fear I have is that Tottenham’s next manager will play a back four and Porro/Romero may not be a great match in that system.

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