Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele told the London Evening Standard that he feels the side don’t have to change anything about the way they play.
Spurs were well beaten by Manchester United last weekend, with Louis van Gaal’s team taking full advantage of chaos in the Tottenham back four and exploiting a lack of authority and decision making to build a lead Mauricio Pochettino’s side weren’t able to pull back.
However, Dembele believes that the attacking potential and football that Spurs have shown this season is something that will often get his team out of jail.
“We’ve played some games against the top teams where we played unbelievable attacking football. We don’t have to change anything at the moment because we are capable of beating the big teams,” said Dembele.
“We didn’t do it at Old Trafford and that game was different from what we are used to, but we are playing well. We have shown this season what we can do against the big sides.”
Dembele’s statement is confusing mainly because of the defensive frailty which was on display against United.
It’s also confusing because of how isolated Harry Kane looked once United quickly established a way to prevent him from having any influence over the game.
Pochettino needs to tweak things to find ways of keeping his side and his key players effective during important matches between now and the end of the season.
Dembele is right to suggest that Tottenham have played some brilliant attacking football this season, but to ignore what happened last weekend would be naïve.
Pochettino needs to fine tune and refine things across his team to ensure that there is no repeat of the implosion in upcoming games against Aston Villa, Newcastle, Manchester City and Everton to come.