Tottenham Hotspur – Tactics & Playing Formation

What is Spurs’ best Starting XI?

Mauricio Pochettino favours a 4-2-3-1 set-up but he’s not afraid to mix things up should the occasion dictate. When this happens, he often elects to utilise a 3-man defence, pushing his full-backs into midfield to form a 3-4-2-1.

His sides tend to press from the front in an attempt to win back possession as quickly as possible and he’s not averse to risk taking. Once they have control of the ball they will use the full width of the pitch, with the full-backs helping to really stretch the play, making it very difficult for the opposition to regain possession.

Tottenham Hotspur – Goalkeepers

Hugo Lloris suffered the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal thanks to Éder’s dramatic extra-time winner but he remains one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers and he is first choice between the posts for Spurs.

Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga are capable deputies, although they are not expected to see too many game minutes.

Spurs – Defenders

The all-Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are the regular centre-back pairing but the arrival of youngster Davinson Sanchez is threatening to shake up the status quo.

He’s made the most of the opportunities that have come his way and may become a permanent fixture in the side sooner rather than later.

Pochettino tends to rotate his full-backs regularly and this is something that all Fantasy Premier League managers should be wary of.

Danny Rose’s refusal to commit his long-term future to the club coupled with ongoing injury problems mean that Ben Davies is now the preferred choice at left-back, while Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier continue to fiercely contest the right-back position.

Spurs – Midfielders

The arrival of Victor Wanyama from Pochettino’s old club Southampton added depth to the Spurs’ midfield and his displays soon made it clear that he was not prepared to play second fiddle to Eric Dier and Mousa Dembélé.

Harry Winks is also emerging as a blossoming talent, giving Pochettino plenty of food for thought in this department.

Dele Alli often plays in the number 10 role, while Christian Eriksen is the classic fantasy football selection, with the Dane being a real set-piece specialist that will tempt many fantasy football players to include him in their squads.

Spurs – Forwards

Harry Kane is the main man and is rapidly developing into one of the most feared strikers in world football, while Son Heung-min is a useful attacking option who can play in a range of positions and his consistent performances are making it very difficult for Pochettino to leave him out.

Fernando Llorente offers a route one option with his aerial prowess.

Tottenham Hotspur – Preferred Starting XI

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Bench Options

Compared to a lot of their Premier League rivals, Tottenham do not have a huge squad and a lack of quality cover could be one of the reasons why they continue to miss out on silverware. Bench options are particularly important for Pochettino this year as he seeks to juggle Champions League football with domestic commitments.

Wanyama is very handy in closing out matches that Spurs lead, as well as competing for Dier’s place in central midfield but opportunities could be thin on the ground for the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Érik Lamela, who has suffered badly with injuries.

It remains to be seen as to what sort of impact Brazilian Lucas Moura can make.

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