Sources: Pochettino makes up mind on Tottenham tactics shift ahead of PL return
Mauricio Pochettino has decided it’s not workable for Tottenham to return to the high-press tactical plan that was a hallmark of his first seasons at the club, Football Insider understands.
Spurs were renowned during the Argentine’s early years at the helm for their intensity and energy off the ball as well as their fluency on it.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Pochettino and his coaching staff do not believe it is practicable to return to that strategy due mainly to the players at his disposal.
Spurs’ ageing squad are not able to relentlessly press the opposition high up and all across the pitch like they once did.
The team’s running and sprints statistics are near the bottom of the table among Premier League clubs in an alarming indictment of the team’s decline.
There is also the issue of the new stadium’s pitch being bigger than the old one at White Hart Lane, where it was considered easier to press opposition sides.
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It means that Pochettino and his backroom team are likely to spurn the chance of a shift and instead persist with the less physically exhausting strategy that the have mainly stuck to over the last year.
Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend with a home clash against Watford.
They are looking to arrest a wretched run of results which has seen them slip to ninth in the table, be eliminated from the League Cup and face a huge battle to reach the Champions League knockout stages.
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