Tow­er­ing mid­field proved too pow­er­ful for City

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

OF Tot­ten­ham’s front six play­ers in the team that bul­lied Manch­ester City on Sun­day, five were six foot plus. Vic­tor Wanyama and Dele Alli are 6ft 2, Mo Sis­soko is 6ft 1, Erik Lamela and He­ung-Min Son are 6ft. Only Christian Erik­sen dipped un­der the mark.

Of Manch­ester City’s front six only the mid­fielder Fer­nando reaches the 6ft mark. The other five, Fer­nand­inho, Je­sus Navas, Ser­gio Aguero, David Silva and Ra­heem Ster­ling, are won­der­ful, fleet-footed foot­ballers but they are lit­tle men; they do not in­tim­i­date op­po­nents phys­i­cally.

The difference in size and bulk was as no­tice­able as the speed with which the Tot­ten­ham play­ers pressed the City de­fence and mid­field, forc­ing them to panic and pass into tight ar­eas or kick long or out to touch at White Hart Lane.

This is not to den­i­grate City. They will pick a path through other teams who are less mo­bile, less phys­i­cal or less quick with the press. But as Guardi­ola ad­mit­ted, they were out­played on Sun­day.

“We have some strong ba­sics which help us to get con­fi­dent in this type of game and I think we were re­warded be­cause we worked so hard,” the Spurs goal­keeper Hugo Lloris said after­wards.

Spurs have now con­ceded just three goals in seven games – an­other sign of their “thou shalt not pass” at­ti­tude.

“Yes, we are strong at the back,” Lloris added. “It does not mean we are a de­fen­sive team. We try a lot and we take a lot of risks and we try to play as high as pos­si­ble on the pitch. We try to put pres­sure on teams.”

It worked on Sun­day in more ways than one. – The In­de­pen­dent

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