Welcome to Two Minute Tactics, a new feature where I take a look at a key tactic from our last match in just two minutes.
We start our Two Minute Tactics with our win at Villa Park where we moved the ball to get quickly beyond the Aston Villa midfield and directly at their shaky back line.
The tactic was extremely effective at carving Aston Villa open for two key reasons.
It first of all got us straight at a defence that has been conceding goals with them in a vulnerable position. Moving the ball quickly forward meant that we bypassed the Aston Villa midfield and exposed their centre backs in space.
Secondly, if the Aston Villa defenders did get to the ball, they would often be forced in to an error. This allowed us to hoover up or win the second balls and start our attacks from much higher up the field. A higher starting position with less defenders to beat should equal the creation of better scoring chances.
Playing in this manner also allowed us to get players between the lines. As the ball went rapidly forward, our trio of advanced midfielders were looking to fill the space behind the Aston Villa midfield and in front of their back four to wreak maximum havoc. By getting in to this space they were often first to the loose balls from the Villa defender’s errors and miscued clearances. This allowed us too have a better position from which to start our attacks.
The result was two Harry Kane goals and it could have been much more if we’d been more clinical in front of the net. The tactic allowed us to carve out a number of high percentage scoring chances that could’ve added to the score. You can read the full Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs match report for more depth on the game.
I hope you enjoy the new Two Minute Tactics feature. Let me know your thoughts about it in the comments section below.