Named: Mourinho has built tactics masterplan around two Spurs players - Pundit Exclusive
Alan Hutton has been left drooling after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko helped nullify the Manchester City attack for Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender lauded the midfield duo for being key to the tactics masterplan that saw them filling the gaps in the back-line to stifle the space for City’s forwards.
Goals from Heung-min Son and Giovani Lo Celso secured a 2-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s men and sent the Lilywhites to the top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
Hutton has admitted that “everything went right” for Spurs on Saturday and insisted the contribution of the midfield duo played a massive part in victory.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I thought tactically, they got it spot on. I mean not many people keep out City the way they did.
“Even just the two sitters, I don’t know if you noticed, the back-four and then Hojbjerg and Sissoko, whenever City were on they attack, they kind of dropped into positions where it was between the centre-half and the full-back where City like to get their attackers and play one-twos – they just nullified the space.
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“When you’ve got a striker like Harry Kane who can play up, who can sprint, can hold the ball up, bring others up into play, you’ve always got an opportunity. I thought just everyone in general, the full performance was spot on, everything went right for them.
“Defensively now, their very sound, but going forward, they’ve got threats everywhere and just at moment, it must be a great place to be.”
Hojbjerg has been a mainstay for Tottenham this season and has played every minute of their Premier League campaign so far.
Sissoko meanwhile has started every one of the Lilywhites’ last six league games.