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Spurs’ bold tactics vs Man City leave pundits and club stunned

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Surprise at the Lane! Spurs’ radical tactics leave everyone stunned

Football. London’s Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Rob Guest and Alasdair Gold have admitted that the pair were left surprised when they had a first look at Spurs starting eleven against Manchester City on Tuesday.

While the majority of the Lilywhites faithful wanted to see a City triumph in order to see the Cityzens in the driving seat for the Premier League title over North London neighbors Arsenal, However, the Tottenham boss and his team were always going to give Pep Guardiola’s side a run for their money, aiming for a Champions League qualification position. 

More than just tactics? Spurs’ formation shift hints at brighter future. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Australian gaffer, who has stuck by his ‘Plan A’ all season, suddenly looked for a change against a City side in top form. The former Celtic coach took everyone by surprise when he named all of Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Pape Matar Sarr, and James Maddison in the starting lineup. 

Many fans and pundits alike pondered how the team would line up on the pitch with four midfielders; however, when the game began, it was seen that the duo of Brennan Johnson and Son played on the flanks, with Sarr and Maddison playing centrally as shadow strikers. 

Rob Guest admits press box reaction to Ange changes vs. City

Piers Morgan critical of Tottenham after loss to Man City.
Ange’s tactics against Man City astonish Rob Guest and fellow journalists.

Rob Guest has admitted that this move left everyone in the press box astonished, with club officials also flabbergasted at the change. 

Guest speaking on the Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast said: 

“I messaged Ali when the team news came out, and we thought it was Maddison on the left, but when we watched it, within two minutes, my son was saying, Is Pape Sarr playing up front?”

“People within Spurs thought it was Maddison on the left as well, so everyone was surprised by it; it was a great move.”

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It is good to see such a change by the Australian gaffer, who has been criticized for not changing his ideologies. This could be the start of varied tactics used by the club in games; maybe we will see a lot of it next season.

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