Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from a club aiming to finish 5th to a title contender. This season Tottenham are Chelsea’s only rival and have left clubs such as United, City, Liverpool and Arsenal to trail behind them.
It seems like Pochettino is capable of doing things that no other manager can. Comparing Pochettino to his competition is like comparing a Bet365 UK bonus code to a code from some of the industry’s inferior rivals.
In this article we will look at three key factors which have made Tottenham a title contender and for which Pochettino should take full credit.
A Deadly Attack
Tottenham under Pochettino are a goal scoring machine. In the last 11 games played at White Hart Lane Pochettino’s men have scored on average three or more goals per match. This deadly statistic is the reason why they have separated themselves from the rest of the title chasing pack and why they are Chelsea’s only title rival.
The epitome of Spurs’ lethal attack is Harry Kane. England’s best striker has been out for more than five weeks recently due to an injury, but he has still managed to get more than 20 goals this season. And that is the third time in a row that Kane has scored a minimum of 20 goals per season, making him only the fourth Englishman to do that after Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole.
In addition, Tottenham has the luxury of having attacking players such as the best young talent in the EPL in Dele Alli, the ever impressive Mousa Dembele, the recently free scoring Son and the super creative Christian Erikssen.
This is definitely Totenham’s golden generation, and a large part of this is owed to their tremendous attack which has been steadily built by Mauricio Pochetino.
Dynamic Defensive Midfield
Pochettino has used 4-2-3-1 for most of the season and the key components in this formation have been the two players playing in the so-called midfield pivot. These two positions have been rotated between the more defensive minded Eric Dier and Vincent Wanyama and the box-to-box operating Mousa Dembele.
When you look at those players they represent the perfect combination for the defensive midfield slots. Mousa Dembele provides the athleticism, creativity and runs from deep, while Dier and Wanyama are the solid walls which shield the defense and allow players like Erikssen and Alli to roam free in attack.
EPL’s Meanest Defence
Tottenham have conceded two or less goals in all of their EPL matches this season, making them the stingiest defence in the English top tier. They have also kept 15 clean sheets so far and they are the tightest EPL defence in that aspect as well.
Those stats are what you would expect from a defence marshaled by the immense Hugo Lloris, the excellent Jan Vertonghen and the impressive Toby Alderweireld. When you factor in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, considered to be the league’s best full backs, and the latter having an asking price of £50 million, you see why those numbers are to be expected.
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