The flaw in Spurs' system that Pochettino needs to correct in training

Tottenham Hotspur have a free weekend coming up and Pochettino may be looking to iron out some of the faults in his system.

Tottenham Hotspur may have made rapid improvements under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, but their week off could benefit the side majorly for the challenges which lie ahead.

Spurs have a free weekend coming up which gives them a break from what has been a relentless schedule since the turn of the year, and this will be important in more ways than one.

Not only will it give their more prominent players, who have had to play in a succession of matches, some important time away from the pitch, but it will also give their Argentine coach a chance to work on any faults in his squad.

At the moment, there do not appear to be too many problems with Tottenham's play - with the team playing above the sum of its parts.

However, one source of concern has been their left-hand side in recent matches. With Mousa Dembele starring in a central role behind the striker, Christian Eriksen has been utilised on the left, but his inclusion in a wide berth means that Danny Rose is offered little protection.

Eriksen's strengths lie in his attacking qualities, but his tendency to drift inside means that Rose is often left two-on-one and he has struggled to cope.

Despite, Spurs' good form, Rose was accountable for the goal which they conceded against Arsenal and he also gave away a penalty against Liverpool in midweek.

Those events have seen pressure mount on the defender, but to solely blame him would be harsh. The left-back has stepped up this season, but he is better going forward than when put on the back-foot.

Rose's defensive qualities are not the strongest and, therefore, if Pochettino wants to continue to select him in his starting line-up he may have to work on a system which offers him more protection.

Put simply, Rose is not a reliable enough defender to leave exposed and a minor tweak to Spurs' system to help the full-back out could have a major impact on their season.

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