Journalist explains what those close to Arne Slot are saying amidst Spurs links

Dan Kilpatrick has written in The Evening Standard that those who know Arne Slot well expect him to have a similar impact to the one that Roberto De Zerbi has had at Brighton should the Dutchman get the Tottenham job.

Kilpatrick explains that Arne Slot‘s teams play an ‘intense, front-foot football, characterised by a fast possession game and non-stop pressing’, which is why Tottenham see him as a good fit.

However, the Feyenoord boss’ teams are also defensively disciplined as he expects his players to work tirelessly without the ball.

Arne Slot
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The journalist reveals that his high-octane approach has not just won him comparisons with De Zerbi but also Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa.

Kilpatrick explains that Slot also has a great record of improving young players, which is one of the things that persuaded Daniel Levy he would be the right man for Spurs.

The Dutch coach is said to be an admirer of Guardiola’s methods, often using the Spaniard’s teams as an example to show his players what he expects.

It is alleged that Slot played clips of Manchester City’s Champions League final against Chelsea in 2021 to his Feyenoord players in order to show his players how defensive runs can limit chances even for talented opposition sides.

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While it is pleasing to hear that Tottenham are on the verge of appointing a head coach who would bring back some entertaining football to the club, the jury is out on how effective the style of play would be in the Premier League.

It is worth remembering that even Guardiola struggled in his first season in England despite having an unbelievable squad at his disposal while Beilsa’s methods made Leeds extremely susceptible to counter-attacks.

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