Jermaine Jenas previews Tottenham vs Man City
Jermaine Jenas, former Tottenham player and current BBC pundit, has shared his concerns about Spurs’ upcoming clash against Manchester City, suggesting that the team needs to adapt its approach to avoid a potential significant defeat.
Reflecting on Tottenham’s recent performances, Jenas expressed apprehension about the team’s ability to face the formidable challenge posed by Manchester City.
The former Spurs star hinted at the need for tactical adjustments, emphasising that maintaining the current trajectory could result in a substantial defeat at the hands of City. We go into that fixture on the back of three back-to-back losses (Chelsea, Wolves, Aston Villa) and we certainly need to change our approach against the current league champions.
Speaking to BBC, here is what Jenas had to say on Spurs’ game against City:
“So, does Postecoglou stick with the high line he has been using at the back, against the pace of Haaland and the issues that Jeremy Doku can give you out wide? It’s probably not going to go too well.”
“It feels like they have to adapt because, going on from what I’ve seen from Spurs in the past couple of games, they are staring a big defeat by City in the face if they don’t.”
Will the high-line work against City?
Jenas advocates for a tactical adaptation, emphasizing the need to reconsider the high defensive line strategy. His concern remains centred around the potential consequences of sticking to the current approach, especially when facing a team of Manchester City’s calibre.
Moreover, our current centre-back options do not offer a lot of pace as well, so it makes perfect sense if we do not play a high line, but we are not Ange Postecoglou, correct?
Adjusting the defensive strategy to counteract City’s strengths could be crucial in avoiding the potential pitfalls highlighted by the former Spurs star.
Tottenham fans will surely be keen to see if Postecoglou takes these observations into account, potentially altering the team’s defensive approach to better cope with the threat posed by Manchester City.
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The tactical nuances of the upcoming match have certainly gained added significance, thanks to Jenas’ analysis, creating an intriguing narrative leading up to the clash with the reigning Premier League champions.