Both teams fought to overcome narrow defensive setups to get the ball wide, as our opening Premier League clash finished Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham.
Our narrow setup was attacked with speed and width, which swelled the score to an embarrassing Girona 4-1 Tottenham in our final preseason match.
The success of the press was a key feature in our International Champions Cup match, which finished Tottenham 1-0 Milan in Minneapolis.
Narrow Spurs got stretched, but then opened up the full backs to even the final score at Barcelona 2-2 Tottenham in the International Champions Cup.
Left back Luca Pellegrini was repeatedly exposed as it finished Roma 1-4 Tottenham in our International Champions Cup match.
Attacking the space around outside centre back Phil Jones saw our World Cup third place playoff end Belgium 2-0 England in St. Petersburg.
The use of full backs overcame wingbacks in the World Cup Semi-Final as it ended Croatia 2-1 England in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
The Three Lions used their wide players to beat a very narrow opponent to advance to the World Cup Semi-Finals, as it ended England 2-0 Sweden in Samara.
The Three Lions overcame a switch in formation, dirty foul play and penalty kicks to emerge victorious as it finished England 1-1 Colombia after extra time.
The three lions lacked a number ten and were made to pay as it finished England 0-1 Belgium in the table-topping World Cup Group G decider.