Journalist gives insight into players, tactics, and formations used in Spurs training match

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Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham squad were in action in a closed-doors friendly on Friday as Jose Mourinho divided them into two teams of eleven. Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has now revealed exactly how the two teams were set up.

He reported that both sides employed a 4-2-3-1 formation which could also seamlessly transition into a 4-3-3.

While Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, and Gedson Fernandes formed the midfield trio for the home side, Moussa Sissoko, Harvey White, and Tanguy Ndombele played in the middle of the park for the away side.

With Harry Kane turning out for the home side, this was the first time the England captain had a chance to link up with January signings Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes.

Additionally, Eric Dier was paired with Toby Alderweireld at centre-back for the away side, with Dier playing on the left-hand side of central defence.

Gold also revealed that one full-back from either side was allowed to bomb forward in Serge Aurier and Ryan Sessegnon, while the other full-back (Ben Davies and George Marsh) played more conservatively.

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Based on how the two teams were set up for the game, it does not sound like a massive departure from the formation Mourinho has prefered to deploy in his time in North London so far. The fact that Dier started at left-sided centre-back was likely a sign that he is going to play in the role when the season resumes.

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