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Antonio Conte has become the darling of the English media for bringing the 3-4-3 formation to English football with the best possible execution. Since the Italian manager shifted to this formation a month ago, the club has managed five consecutive wins with 16 goals scored and no goals conceded. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also switched to this formation in the weekend game against Arsenal. However, this led to suggestions that the Argentine was trying to copy Chelsea’s system and it provoked an angry response from the manager.

Tottenham used Danny Rose and Kyle Walker as wingbacks in order to nullify the threat from Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal. The team also used midfielder Eric Dier as part of a back three which included Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer. Even though the latter was responsible for Arsenal opening the scoring, it was largely a successful experiment from Pochettino. The game ended as a 1-1 draw, as Spurs were able to rally in the second half and score through the returning Harry Kane.

It is not the first time Pochettino has deployed Spurs in this formation, but it has been almost a year. Chelsea’s incredible rise since switching to this formation has been well documented. After the recent 5-0 win over Everton, the club have moved past Arsenal and Manchester City in the table. Pochettino, though, says that any team can play any formation as they are not patented. According to the Evening Standard, he said:

“I cannot say if it is a better way to play in the future but it is important to be flexible and it is a good step forward for the team to use different systems, different ways to try to play.

“Chelsea, when they played here, started with a back four and after 3-0 in the 60th minute they changed to three. But last season we played against Watford, December 28, with three centre backs. Just because Chelsea won 5-0 yesterday, they didn’t discover the system.

“Nobody owns some system like we played today.”

It remains an incredible response from the manager who has been under pressure for the last few weeks. Spurs are yet to win a game since the 2-0 success over Manchester City at the start of October. Even after the switch to the new formation, they remained below par in terms of the overall 90-minute performance. Spurs had only had one shot on target compared to Arsenal’s five, and the return of Kane gives the team a major boost going forward.

One of Chelsea’s biggest successes in this new formation has been finding a perfect role for Eden Hazard. Spurs will be strengthened by the return of their injured players like Alderweireld and Dele Alli. It remains to be seen if the manager would persist with the system for the club’s upcoming London derbies. After having just concluded a London derby, Spurs move onto two games against West Ham and Chelsea with a Champions League match against Monaco sandwiched in the middle.

Action does not resume until the latest international break comes to an end.

One of the major advantages Chelsea have is the lack of European football. It has allowed Antonio Conte to fine tune the system. Pochettino does not have the same luxury and it will be interesting to see how he copes.

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La Liga giants to submit last-minute £60m offer for this out-of-contract Tottenham star

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Spurs transfer news: Madrid prepare £60m bid for Tottenham’s Eriksen

The Sun claims that Real Madrid will make a last-minute £60m offer to land Christian Eriksen.

The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and the report claims that Real see Eriksen as a replacement for Luka Modric.

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Christian Eriksen celebrates against Everton

The 27-year-old is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and started in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Saturday.

Daniel Levy doesn’t want to lose big players on a free and the report adds Madrid will try to use this and land Eriksen just before the end of the transfer window on 2 September.

Tottenham did not allow Mousa Dembele to leave on a free last season and the Belgian was sold in the winter window.

Spurs can sell players till 2 September to foreign clubs but cannot buy until the winter window.

Spurs cannot lose Eriksen on a free

This is a tough situation for Spurs as replacing a talent like Eriksen will not be easy.

However, it is better to sell him now and get some decent money in rather than losing him on a free.

Eriksen could also sign for a Premier League club next season, and strengthening our rivals is the last thing we should be doing next season.

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Getting £60m might not be the most best deal for a player of Eriksen’s ability, but it is better than losing him on a free to a Premier League rival.

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Pochettino pleased with 2-2 Man City draw but explains why teams cannot be compared

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Latest Spurs news: Pochettino explains why Tottenham cannot be compared with City after 2-2 draw

Mauricio Pochettino was pleased after picking up a point against Manchester City at the Etihad.

The home side dominated the game and seemed to have won the tie in the final moments when Gabriel Jesus smashed the ball into the net.

However, the goal was ruled out after VAR confirmed Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up to the effort.

Tottenham were second best for most of the evening but took their chances.

Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura were the saviours for Spurs and Pochettino admitted that Manchester City were better and his side needs to improve further (h/t Football.london).

The Argentine even suggested that the team isn’t settled enough as the transfer window is still active, and explained why Tottenham’s situation could not be compared to that of City’s (h/t Football.london):

“That is never easy and we face today the last Premier League winner, for the past two seasons. They are a very consistent team, improving every season, signing players that came from different teams who were winning, like Cancelo from Juventus.

“We are in a different process. That is why we cannot compare both teams.”

Poch highlights Tottenham’s spirit

The manager also spoke about the “faith and belief” in the side as they twice came from behind to draw level.

However, Pochettino reiterated that his team needs to improve but was happy with four points from two games so far.

Getting anything against City is an achievement these days and even if we rode our luck a bit, a point has to be celebrated.

Tottenham didn’t start Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon in this game, so there should be more to come from the side.

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Son Heung-min should be back from his suspension soon, and it will be interesting to see how we play with a full-strength side.

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“Announce VAR new contract”, “VAR MOTM” – Some Tottenham fans react hilariously to 2-2 draw with Manchester City

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Latest Spurs news: Last-minute drama helps Tottenham earn point against Man City

The latest instalment of the Tottenham v Manchester City rivalry had lots of drama, once again, right at the end.

Last season’s Champions League encounter at the Etihad will remain etched in memory, but this was another battle that cannot be forgotten.

Manchester City started the game in red hot form as they cut our defence easily. Jan Vertonghen did not start again and Davinson Sanchez was having some problems, like the rest of the team.

Lucas Moura

Raheem Sterling got the opener after a delicious cross from Kevin de Bruyne but we were back in it after Erik Lamela caught Ederson out of position with a curling effort.

The home side then took the lead after a great finish from Sergio Aguero but there was more to come in the second half.

Moura magic from a corner

Spurs were being outplayed in the attacking third by City and we needed some luck to stay in the game.

Lucas Moura was brought on in the second half and he ran towards the box for a corner. The Brazilian then rose highest and headed the ball past the City keeper.

Moura had scored just 19 seconds after coming on and there were wild celebrations in the 56th minute.

City huffed and puffed in the final minutes, and it seemed that Gabriel Jesus had given them the winner in the dying moments of the game.

However, VAR confirmed that Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up and the effort was cancelled out.

Many Tottenham fans were relieved at getting the draw while some thanked VAR for helping with the result.

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“Absolute legend”, “You beautiful bald hero” – Some Spurs fans react to star’s hilarious tweet after 2-2 draw with Man City

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Latest Spurs news: Moura has the perfect tweet regarding his goal against Man City

Lucas Moura didn’t start for Tottenham in their draw against Manchester City, but the Brazilian came off the bench to have a telling moment.

It was surprising to see the attacker on the bench with Erik Lamela getting the nod in the XI. Manchester City started the game in all-out attack mode and soon scored via Raheem Sterling.

Kevin de Bruyne was having a brilliant first half as he found space time and again and made us pay with some delicious crosses.

Lucas Moura

However, Lamela soon equalised after he caught out Ederson with a curling effort. City then restored their lead when De Bruyne found Sergio Aguero before half-time.

Moura was brought on in the second half and the Brazilian made an instant impact.

Fans go crazy after Moura’s introduction

City might have dominated the game but Tottenham took their chances to keep them at bay.

There was some controversy right at the end with Gabriel Jesus celebrating the winner, but the goal was ruled out as Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball just before the Brazilian struck.

This brought back memories of the Champions League clash from last season, and VAR was on our side once again.

Moura certainly had a great impact coming off the bench and it was surprising that he out-jumped several City defenders to head in the second equaliser.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian had a great tweet regarding his introduction and here are some of the reactions from the Spurs fans to Moura’s message.

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