No one puts Solskjaer in a corner – but Spurs will try
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
For this reason, Ole Gunnar
use Romelu Lukaku (left) as a No9 at Wembley, with Marcus Rashford moved to the wing to accommodate him.