Following Tottenham’s defeat on Sunday, the opposing manager, Bruno Lage had his say on Spurs’ tactics in the match.
After a 2-0 win that saw his side move ahead of Spurs in the league table, the Wolves manager gave his thoughts on a match that could have top-four implications.
The Portuguese boss revealed that he wanted to boss Tottenham in midfield and, knowing Conte usually named a two in the centre, he put an extra man in there to outnumber them.
Breaking down the tactics, Lage said (Football London): “To have more of the ball in the middle, similar to Chelsea, having more men in there. They are often playing with just two midfielders so we tried to put more men there.”
However, Conte made a slight tweak to things after the 27th minute when his side were 2-0 down, moving to a back four and putting Dejan Kulusevski in as a more advanced midfielder.
Lage commented on how Spurs were able to adjust to the pressure (Football London), adding: “They changed to put one more man to press Ruben (Neves).
“After they adapted so we adjusted but it was harder to control the game with the ball, but we controlled it without.”
In the end, Wolves were able to keep the clean sheet and send Spurs to a third consecutive league defeat, dropping them to eighth in the table and five points off the top four.
Spurs Web Opinion:
After what was arguably one of the worst first halves of the season thus far, Tottenham did seem to adjust somewhat and come out better prepared after halftime.
But it was too little too late for Spurs, as they dropped points at home for the second time this week. Wolves thoroughly deserved all three points and Tottenham are now looking for answers with an away match against Premier League-leading Manchester City up next.
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