The Tottenham players and Mauricio Pochettino have come in for some criticism for failing to beat the Clarets and put pressure on Liverpool and Man City in the title race. The team seemed to crumble in the second half as the Burnley players got in their faces.
Pochettino opted to start with a back 5, employing Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Juan Foyth as his three center backs. He then changed the system early in the second half to a back 4, by bringing on Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente.
However, the changes didn’t seem to help Tottenham’s cause as Vertonghen and Alderweireld found themselves isolated against Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood every time Sean Dyche’s men played a long ball.
Tottenham have regularly changed between a back 4 and back 5, not just in different matches but also in-between games this season. Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino feels that Pochettino is unsure about which formations suits his team the best.
Speaking to Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (24/02/2019 at 7:25 am), Cascarino said, “One thing I feel that there is a seeded doubt in Pochettino’s head during games and before games.
“He sometimes for me can’t make out if he thinks his team is better as a three as a defence or a back four.”
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