Ian Snodin has been analysing Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Toffees took the lead in the 16th minute, but conceded twice in the first half thereafter. Although Roberto Martinez’s side had chances as the match progressed and had more possession, they failed to pick up a point.
There have been suggestions that some of the Everton players were tired due to Europa League excursions on Thursday, but club hero Snodin insists that it had nothing to do with fatigue.
“We started brightly and scored a stunning goal to take the lead, but Spurs pressed us high up the pitch and won the midfield battle,” the 50-year-old, who also played for Leeds United, wrote in The Liverpool Echo.
“We gave away a couple of poor goals, but sometimes people look too deeply to try and analyse defeats and are too critical…
“Sometimes you just have to give the opposition credit and Tottenham played very, very well on the day and just about deserved their win.”
Tottenham did indeed deserve to win against Everton, and Snodin has highlighted one area of the North London outfit’s game that Chelsea need to be concerned about on Wednesday.
Spurs played a high pressing game and dominated midfield, an area that they do have some good players.
Interestingly, midfield is also a strong department for Chelsea, who will host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday.
The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have been in world-class form so far this season, and on paper they should win the midfield battle against their Tottenham counterparts.
Snodin’s analysis of Spurs’ game raises the question whether manager Mauricio Pochettino should deploy their same tactic against Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho’s side are a far superior team to Everton and are also at home on Wednesday. Perhaps the Tottenham boss would do well to take a slightly more conservative approach.