Christian Eriksen | Fresh Spurs - Part 11

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Three Ways Pochettino Tactically Shot Himself In The Foot Against Villa

Tottenham snatched a late three points at Villa Park due to a very late Harry Kane free-kick that took a deflection on it’s way into the back of the net. Inn many ways we were lucky to claim the win and here are three tactical flaws that Mauricio Pochettino made that nearly lost him the game.

1) Not tackling the height and threat of Christian Benteke

Since his return, Benteke has been improving every game he has played, and Pochettino did nothing to tackle his threat. We often saw Benteke jumping higher than all of our defenders and winning most headers, and the obvious solution to this would be starting Federico Fazio. Standing at around six foot and five inches, Fazio would be the perfect match for the Belgian, and would have stopped the threat of Benteke in the air. As it stood, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen were no match for the tall Villa striker. We were only given a lifeline when Benteke was sent off just after the hour mark.

2) Not starting Harry Kane

As every Spurs fan will know, Harry Kane has been in excellent form during all cup competitions, and has hardly been given an opportunity in the Premier League. Only making appearances from the bench, Kane hasn’t been given the entire ninety minutes of a match to make a difference. However, the young Englishman only needed little over thirty seconds to make an impact on the game, running down the right, injecting some pace into the game and winning us a corner. Pochettino simply must start Harry Kane on Sunday against Stoke.

3) Playing Christian Eriksen on the right wing

For me, Eriksen is most effective playing in the number ten role, and this showed when he was substituted at half-time for Erik Lamela after a poor first half performance. I am not suggesting that the Dane should have been deployed in the number ten role, as I think that this would be better for Soldado in the long run. Eriksen has previously showed that he can play on the left hand side and behind the striker, but not on the right wing. Maybe it would have been better for the team if Lamela if had started in the position of Eriksen, as he is more suited to the role. There is time for experimenting, but away to Villa when your team is in times of trouble in the Premier League is not the right time to experiment.

So, to avoid losses in the future, Mauricio Pochettino must avoid these tactical errors and set up the team taking into account the opposition’s strengths as well as our own.

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Aston Villa

Spurs got back to winning ways when they beat Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup. The goals came from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, sparking huge debate over who should start at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has silenced this by hinting the Kane could be handed his first start of the Premier League season. Villa have not won in five games, scoring in none of them.

Team News: 

Spurs will travel to Villa Park without Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb through injury. Kyle could be back soon, although the boos is not quite sure the exact date of the right-back’s return. Aaron Lennon is a doubt to make the starting eleven after picking up a knock on Wednesday.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris: 

Hugo has been in fantastic form recently, and has kept us in many games for large periods of time. It is almost guaranteed that the Frenchman will start at Villa Park.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose

Vertonghen has said some positive things about the team this week, and performed well on Wednesday, getting in a last ditch tackle to keep the game goalless and should start alongside the captain Younes Kaboul. Eric Dier should be rested now that Naughton is back from injury, it is not his natural position at right-back, and this showed for the first Newcastle goal last week.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason

This has been the holding midfield partnership for the past few week, and was quite effective at Manchester City, although we lost 4-1, it allowed one extra man to help out in attack, whilst the other was happy to sit back and protect the defence.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli

Pochettino has liked to stay with this attacking three all the way through the Premier League season, and you can understand that decision with two them being our top two goalscorers in the Premier League. It could only be a matter of time before Erik Lamela bags his first league goal for Tottenham as he bagged another cup goal, his third in last two cup appearances. It will also only be a matter of time before we see the full potential of Lamela, as he turned the game on its head when he came on at half-time.

Striker: Harry Kane

Pochettino has already hinted that Kane will start on Sunday, and rightly so. He has been in terrific form in cup competitions such as the Europa League and the Capital One Cup. If he can transfer this form into the Premier League it would be a huge boost as we need goals from up front. However, Kane could start behind the striker, although this is unlikely as Pochettino may want to keep the same attacking three as he has done in recent weeks.