By Dominic Toner
Jan Vertonghen claims that Tottenham’s plan to play attacking wing-backs against Hull worked perfectly as they claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory on Wednesday night.
Spurs manger Mauricio Pochettino decided to play a 3-4-1-2 formation at home to Hull, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose filling the wing-back positions.
The English pair constantly tormented the Hull defence down the flanks and both grabbed an assist for Christian Eriksen’s two goals in the Premier League match.
The north London club host Burnley on Sunday in the league and could set-up the same after the dominant performance.
Vertonghen has hailed the tactical switch made by Pochettino and believes that the two full-backs are two of the best in the Premier League.
“It was the plan to get them forward a bit more and it worked out perfectly,” Vertonghen said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “They came up with two great assists for Christian and we can say that they are two of the best full-backs in the league.”
Spurs cruised to three points against Hull and remained fifth-placed in the table, with a 10-point gap behind leaders Chelsea.
Right-back Walker showed off his great athleticism to frustrate his opponent Andrew Robertson for 90 minutes, while Rose also proved a nuisance on the left hand side and showed great attacking intent in the final third.
Spurs’ Argentinian boss Pochettino has tested several formations already this season and may look to stick with his new-found system against Burnley, Southampton and Watford.
Pochettino’s side are trying to get back into the title race and their wing-backs provide them with a great attacking threat.
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