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Tactical analysis of the new look Tottenham

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To get 73 points, the total required last season to get into the top four, Tottenham need to get an average of 1.921 points per game.

Tottenham have had a solid start to the season and with the additions of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, along with Sandro and Younes Kaboul returning from long-term injuries, they look significantly more stable in defence.

This is seen by the fact that Spurs have only conceded one goal this season, which was against the run of play at Arsenal.

However, it is also a well-documented fact that AVB's men haven't scored any goals from open play. This doesn't mean they are not creating chances, because it is the attacking pressure which has led to these penalties, but the fact remains.

The reason for this is that Roberto Soldado is not connected to the midfield. Soldado scores the majority of his goals from inside the box and is more of a poacher and currently he has lacked the service.

The attacking midfielder role in the midfield trio should be to connect the midfield to the attack, however, Mousa Dembele, who has been playing this role so far this season is sitting very deep. His most common pass combination against Arsenal was to Capoue, having completed 11 passes, yet he only managed three passes to Soldado and four to Andros Townsend.

This season has seen Tottenham shift to a 4-3-3 formation and of course try and integrate all their new signings and gel as a team. This doesn't happen overnight, and the signs are promising.

For example, Tottenham completed 432 passes against Arsenal, who only managed 297. Tottenham also had 56.6% of the possession. Nevertheless, on 87 of these passes were in the attacking third, where Arsenal had 82.

Thus, it is clear to see where Spurs are lacking. Paulinho and Dembele are playing a very similar role in midifield, in the style of a box to box midfield. AVB should perhaps take some risks and replace one of them with a more creative, number 10 style midfielder who can sit in front of the other midfielders and cut open the defence with a pass, and bring the wide men into the game. Tottenham are not short of options there, with the young Lewis Holtby and Christian Eriksen both able to fill this role.

This step won't solve all of Tottenham's attacking problems, with Nacer Chadli still yet to set the world alight, and plenty of work to be done on set pieces and crosses too. But with the target of just under two points per game, that means two wins for every loss and it goes without saying that Tottenham will have to score a lot more goals to stand a chance of reaching that target,

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