Freddie Ljungberg admits Tottenham handed Arsenal a ‘tactical lesson’
As reported by the Mirror, former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has claimed that the Gunners were at the receiving end of a tactical masterclass from Tottenham this past weekend.
Tottenham clashed against the local rivals in the first North London Derby of the 2020/21 campaign. And, manager Jose Mourinho set his team up to defend deep and stifle Arsenal’s attack while picking them apart on the counter.
And it worked a treat for us as we won 2-0 even though we had just 30% possession. A sensational strike from Son Heung-min put us ahead early in the game before Harry Kane’s thunderous strike from close-range on the cusp of half-time sealed three points.
Hailing Tottenham’s performance on Sunday evening, Ljungberg, who was Arsenal’s caretaker manager before Mikel Arteta took over, has heaped praise on Mourinho’s tactical setup. (h/t Mirror)
“I haven’t recovered yet. It was tough but Mourinho gave us a lesson in how to play a tactical game. It was interesting but it still hurts. I thought Spurs, I didn’t think they would be that far ahead or top of the league to be honest.”
Ljungberg further went on to praise Mourinho for the impact that he has had since taking over the reins at the club. (h/t Mirror)
“You look at Mourinho, he’s got them inspired, his players are all doing what he wants them to do which It think is the hardest thing when you play the kind of football he does. Hats off to him, they’re doing really, really well.”
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Tottenham’s win against Arsenal sent us back to the top of the Premier League table. With tricky fixtures against the likes of Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Leicester City lined up ahead, let’s hope Mourinho & co. continue in the same vein of form.