While it’s still too early to judge the side following their 1-0 win against West Ham, the stats suggest there are a couple of areas where Pochettino has already got the team performing above their average from last season.
Firstly, the side played more passes against West Ham than their average last season.
|Average Number of Passes||Played|
|Passes Played against West Ham||Played|
The difference isn’t dramatic but it suggests that Pochettino wants Tottenham to play a quick brand of pass and move football, not settling with possession and making it difficult for the opposition to tie the team down.
Moving the ball quickly all over the pitch is the most effective way for any team to attack and it’s reasonable to suggest that Tottenham’s average number of passes will continue to grow throughout the season.
The second area worth noting creates a mirror image of the way Pochettino used to get his Southampton side to play last season.
|Average Number of Times Poss Won in Final Third||Played|
|Number of Times Poss Won in Final Third v West Ham||Played|
The Saints were well known for a high pressing game, as they tried to win back possession high up the pitch as quickly as possible.
Tottenham were above average compared to last season in terms of the number of times they won back possession in the attacking third of the pitch against West Ham.
What that allows the side to do is maintain pressure, which places an incredible strain on the opposition defence to maintain concentration.
Again, this average could continue to rise over the course of the coming season and could result in key goals being scored by Spurs at key times when they catch the opposition on the back foot.
The performance against West Ham was nothing close to perfect but there is evidence that Spurs are moving in the right direction in relation to the way Pochettino wants the team to play over the course of this season.