Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen takes swipe at Tottenham Hotspur tactics before UEL clash vs Arsenal
FK Godo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen took a swipe at Tottenham Hotspur’s tactics in the north London at his pre-match press conference before the UEFA Europa League encounter against Arsenal.
The Norwegian manager has led his teams to four points from two group A games in the competition this season with a win over Swiss side FC Zurich and a surprise draw against PSV Eindhoven. Next up, Premier League leaders Arsenal.
There is no doubt that the Gunners are favourites to win going into this at the Emirates tonight. According to Knutsen, beating Arsenal isn’t complicated if you don’t play like Tottenham did last weekend. He said (h/t Evening Standard):
“They attack with a lot of people, they’re patient and then suddenly they have that burst in the final third. But they also leave space in behind them which we will have to exploit.”
“We need to be aggressive in the low block, high intensity in the high press. And we will have to control the ball. Tottenham only defended, Zurich only defended – if you do that you won’t stand a chance against them.”
Manager Antonio Conte will perhaps have more accomplished and proven managers to take advice from when it comes to his tactics than the manager of a team 15 points behind the Eliteserien leaders Molde after 24 matches.
The Italian manager acknowledged that it was Emerson Royal’s red card that killed the game, although Spurs could have made their chances before the Brazilian’s 62nd-minute sending-off.
Once you’re down a man in a derby away from home, there’s not much we can do but defend and keep a lid on the scoreline from becoming embarrassing. It was actually respectable that we conceded just one in the final half-hour of the game.
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Having lost 3-1 to the Gunners, we fell four points behind them in the table. The Lilywhites did a fairly decent job getting an important point against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany earlier this week.