Ben Davies talks about tactical tweaks after Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Wolves
Two extra-time goals from Mario Lemina and Pablo Sarabia cancelled Brennan Johnson’s third-minute strike to hand Tottenham Hotspur their second successive loss of the Premier League campaign.
The Lilwhites, coming into this game, did not have James Maddison and Micky van de Ven due to injury issues. Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie were also unavailable because of their red card suspensions, and Spurs were, considerably underpowered.
Eric Dier and Ben Davies came to replace Cuti and Micky in the heart of defence. Davies made only his second start of the season. He started at left-back against Crystal Palace earlier this season but came off at the halfway stage.
Spurs starting to derail?
However, speaking of the game against Gary O’Neil’s side, Tottenham started out very well but a few lapses in concentration meant Wolves saw themselves back in the game. When asked if Spurs need to switch up their tactics to avoid becoming predictable, here is what Davies had to say via the Express:
“It’s not up to me but I don’t think so. We’re going to keep going down that route we’ve been trying to go down. That’s the way we want to approach games, that’s our mindset and what will be will be.”
To be fair to Davies, he has got this bang on. All teams have an identity and a style of play. Most big teams have their defined play styles, which is very much public information, and make minor tweaks and adjustments to adapt to each game.
Spurs, sticking to this style of play and tactical arrangement, have gotten results so far, and two losses certainly do not require them to tweak it up completely. More than teams adapting to our style of play, it is our bench that has failed to do so. What Ange Postecoglou does need to do, is secure the services of a few players in the upcoming transfer window, who could help maintain the positive momentum.
Our bench strength has been a question mark for quite a while now, and with the likes of Madders and Micky not available, we would need players who could replicate or get close to what they offer, which has not been the case.
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What the future has in store for Spurs is surely an interesting watch. We have failed to capitalise on the vulnerabilities of our opposition in the last two games, and we can only hope for the tides to quickly change in our favour so that we put up a strong challenge for the league title. COYS.