The Opposition View: Huddersfield Town

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Ahead of tomorrow’s match Spurs-web.com contacted James Chisem of Huddersfield Town Supporters Association (HTAS) to ask him his thoughts on our clash tomorrow.

We talked tactics, their ability to cope with the in-form Harry Kane, and whom are the danger men in the Huddersfield side we need to watch out for.

Here’s what James told us;

1. How do you expect Huddersfield to play against Tottenham?

We’re yet to play any of the big boys, so Spurs is our first real test, which makes it difficult to predict what Wagner’s approach will be.

As far as I see it, we’ve got three options.

First, we can set-up how we normally do at home: 4-2-3-1; a high-line with the full-backs playing in advanced positions; pressing from the front with the aim of forcing you out wide and long, so we can retain possession and patiently probe. For me, this will suit Spurs down to the ground, because (a) you’ve got enough quality to break the press and exploit the space that inevitably opens up, and (b) you’ll likely have the lion’s share of the ball, so we’d be at risk of chasing shadows and burning out in the middle of the second-half, if not before.

The second option, then, is to play a more cautious game, sitting deep and hitting you on the counter. We’ve certainly got the nous, discipline, and pace for this to be an effective strategy, and, for what it’s worth, it worked relatively well against Burnley last Saturday.

Our last resort would be to match your 3-4-3, but judging from our brief forays last season, this would be a hell of a risk.

2. You’ve had a very reasonable start to the season. Do you think your defence has what it takes to stifle Harry Kane?

Zanka and Schindler have already formed a successful partnership, and the latter has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. But Kane is unplayable at the moment, so I wouldn’t bet my house on it.

3. Whom in your squad offers the biggest attacking danger.

Aaron Mooy. OK, he’s not an attacker per-se and I wouldn’t use the word ‘dangerous’ to describe him, but he’s our most effective and consistent player. Everything goes through him. If you can stop Mooy, you can stop Huddersfield Town.

Thoughts;

It’ll be a tough test for our boys after our trip to Cyprus. Huddersfield have had a very decent start to life in the top division and certainly are well equipped to cause us a lot of problems. What do you guys think? Should we be too strong for them or does this have the potential to be a very frustrating afternoon for Mauricio’s men. Let us know your thoughts.

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