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What Tottenham did in training before kick-off to adjust to Liverpool’s pressing

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What Tottenham Hotspur did to cope with pressing of Liverpool ahead of the Premier League game

According to Football.LondonAntonio Conte and his coaching staff set up a last-minute revision session for the Tottenham Hotspur squad to cope with the pressing of Liverpool ahead of their match in the Premier League. The clash ended in a 2-2 draw in an exciting contest where the game saw end-to-end stuff.

The staff divided the starting outfield players into two teams, where one of them wore training bibs to differentiate themselves. Substitutes Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga were on either side, and they were organised into a large rondo. Following that, they had to pass with quickness and precision in a small space to get used to an in-game scenario.

The session seemed to have done wonders as Tottenham grew into the game despite the early pressure from the Reds. The latter had three chances in the opening phases, out of which two were saved by Hugo Lloris, and the other whizzed past the post.

Harry Kane was given a yellow card for a strong challenge on Andy Robertson.
Harry Kane was given a yellow card for a strong challenge on Andy Robertson.

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The players started to get used to the pressing and created threats following that, but there were times when the shot was not taken due to excellent defending. However, we scored the opener just inside the opening 15 minutes through the brilliance of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane.

The fixture eventually turned into a back and forth encounter, showing how the pre-match exercise played its part. Spurs kept creating dangerous chances but could not find the finishing touch. On another day, we could have won the match considering the number of chances that we got.

Jurgen Klopp’s side levelled the scoring ten minutes before halftime through Diogo Jota. The latter stages of the second half was full of action as it saw two goals and a red card. Andy Robertson put his side in front, but Son Heung-Min quickly equalised. The former was sent off within minutes after that for a challenge on Emerson Royal, prompting his team to sit back. We could not find many chances after that to get the three points.

Antonio Conte would be happy with the performance of Tottenham against Liverpool.
Antonio Conte would be happy with the performance of Tottenham against Liverpool.

Many were concerned about the starting lineup and how we were not in our best shape ahead of the league clash. The players, however, performed well, including some who were on the fringes of the team. That would be a boost to Conte as the team would go through a congested fixture list moving forward.

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With three matches in hand, compared to those who have not yet missed a game, we sit seventh in the league table and are in a comfortable position. If we win our pending fixtures, we would jump up to fourth, just three points behind Chelsea in third. That would be a fantastic turnaround to our season, which seemed in a downward spiral a few months ago.

And credit should go to Conte, who has managed to rally the troops after a tough period at N17 and has clearly done hard work behind the scenes so that we can take a team like Liverpool head-on.

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