No one puts Sol­sk­jaer in a cor­ner – but Spurs will try

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - JJ BULL

Out of pos­ses­sion, Spurs will put up a mid­field bar­rier to pro­tect the de­fence. Al­though the space be­hind the full­backs is where United may look to hit di­rect passes, teams tend to score from shots taken within the width of the box – not from wide. If there is no space in the mid­dle of the pitch, it is hard to have an at­tempt on goal.

Adopt­ing this 4-3-1-2 shape forces teams to ei­ther send hope­ful crosses from wide into the box to be headed away by one of Spurs’ big cen­tre­backs, or shoot from dis­tance into a wall

of bod­ies. That is what hap­pened to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal

first leg any­way, with

Mau­r­izio Sarri’s side

clearly lack­ing a striker or any­one to aim crosses

to­ward, when at­tack­ing.

As a re­sult, the wide Chelsea for­wards

ran out of ideas and took harm­less shot after waste­ful shot from dis­tance. Most landed in the

stands.

For this rea­son, Ole Gun­nar

Sol­sk­jaer may

use Romelu Lukaku (left) as a No9 at Wem­b­ley, with Mar­cus Rash­ford moved to the wing to ac­com­mo­date him.

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