Stats show huge difference between Spurs’ first-half and second-half against Leeds

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Sky Sports have revealed the stats behind the disparity of Tottenham’s first-half display and second-half performance against Leeds, and the numbers certainly tell a story.

Tottenham struggled to get going in the first half as Leeds dominated possession and fashioned several opportunities.

However, the home side came out all guns blazing in the second half and took the game to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The Leeds backline struggled to cope with the pressure they were put under and Tottenham managed to turn the result around through goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon.

Conte admitted after the game that he made a tactical tweak at the interval, asking his players to go man-to-man, with the Spurs boss insisting that his side deserved all three points.

The numbers certainly seem to reflect that, with Sky Sports revealing that Tottenham registered just two attempts in the first half, compared to 11 in the second. In the first 45, none of these were on target, but four hit the mark in the second half.

Tottenham also hit the woodwork three times in the second half, compared to zero in the first half.

As such, the Lilywhites had an expected goals of just 0.06 in the first, compared to 2.07 in the second half when they did indeed score two goals.

Spurs also had 18 touches in the Leeds box after the break, compared to just five before it.

Finally, Conte’s men outran Leeds by 0.5km in the first 45, which increased to 3.7km in the second period.

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There was undoubtedly a significant improvement by Tottenham in the second half and our quality came out on top when we took Leeds on at their own game.

I am sure Conte would have learned a lot from this game and I would not be surprised to see Spurs press high up the pitch from the start against Burnley next week.

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