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15th Dec, 2016 | 6:20am

Pochettino identifies two key Tottenham players after tactical switch

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained that defensive pair Kyle Walker and Danny Rose played well as wing-backs against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

The two England internationals played a crucial role in Spurs’ 3-0 home victory against Hull in the Premier League as Pochettino decided to switch to a three-man defence, with the pair playing in front of them as wing-backs.

Walker and Rose were a constant attacking threat on the flanks, with the duo both picking up an assist for Christian Eriksen’s brace.

Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama completed the scoring with a tap in and the north London club stay fifth-placed in the league table.

Manager Pochettino has highlighted the role of the two defenders and admitted that his new system worked well against Hull.

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“We played with a different formation and tried to use our full backs like wing backs and that worked well for us,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The two full-backs are regarded as two of the best in the Premier League and have struck up a good understanding for Spurs and England.

Walker is blessed with lightning pace and has been a mainstay in the team during recent seasons.

The 26-year-old benefitted from loan spells away from White Hart Lane and has now cemented his spot ahead of Kieran Trippier at right-back.

He has proved that he can play a more advanced role and offers Spurs great athleticism on the flanks.

Rose has also established himself as the first-choice left-back under Pochettino, with solid defender Ben Davies becoming his understudy.

The 26-year-old is equally fast and has improved the defensive side of his game hugely under Argentinian boss Pochettino.

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