We like to play with three centre-backs says Poch

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Spurs host their London rivals West ham United on the back of four consecutive draws in the league but there were encouraging signs before the international break, when they took a point away from in-form Arsenal.

Pochettino made the bold move of deploying three central defenders at the Emirates Stadium, allowing Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to attack more from wide positions, while Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer made up the defensive trio.

“I think it is to try to find more solutions, to surprise the opponent,” Pochettino said.

“Last season you can see that we played 3-4-3 at Watford. If you compare the first season to the second season, we started to play more with Eric Dier as a midfielder, but more of a centre-back than a midfielder.

“You see how we play in possession, we play 3-4-3, or 3-3-1-3. You know that we play a lot in possession, with Dier dropped (back).

“If you take one video, and analyse a little bit, you realise that we play like with three centre-backs.”

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