West Ham United shocked Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The final scoreline read 0-3 in the visitors favour. More than the score and the result, many people started pointing fingers at Andre Villas-Boas' sides lack of penetration and killer instincts while some pointed fingers at his selection and methods.
The crowd wasn't receptive of the outcome as well. But of all things happened at the Lane, one man should have stood out from the rest.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is known for his typical English football tactics for a long time. Many people accuse him of playing unattractive football, but he knows what to do with his team and how to get results. Be it attractive or unattractive, the tactician deserves some credit. He has pulled of a coup by teaching a tactical lesson to his younger counterpart.
Preparing your team based on the opposition can make or break the managers. One needs to have their own style of play, but away games are tricky ones where your strategies won't be enough.
Tottenham away can be included in that mug for most of the Premier League sides, even top clubs are happy to take a point from the north London side as they want to avoid a humiliation from their opponents. Sam Allardyce and his men had pulled off the impossible. The best outcome they might have thought of will be a 0-1 win from a counter attack. But they went back with a three goal win at the opponents forte.
AVB's men were stunned at the starting whistle when they saw West Ham United line-up without strikers Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric. Even though Andy Carroll was missing, many might have expected one of them to take the field. Sam had his plans for AVB's possession based side. Sam played a 4-6-0 formation with four four rotating midfielders and two wingers.
They covered the grass quicker on the pitch and denied the time and space required for AVB's men to wreck havoc. In-fact they went on to better them by pouncing on the chances in a clinical way. The scoreline might look one sided, but the match wasn't.
Tottenham's playmaker Eriksen looked clueless with more bodies patrolling his territory and this in turn weakened their attacks which lacked pace and purpose. On the other hand it showed remarkable game plan and strategy from Sam Allardyce's men. If they can produce these kind of tactical surprises, then the league will become a more interesting place.
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