Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested to talkSPORT the main area he will be working on during the international break.
The boss was pleased with the team’s attacking performance against Leicester City over the weekend, but suggested there is work to be done defensively after they conceded three goals despite the victory.
“We need to analyse the game and we need to improve – We are a team that are always thinking about playing in the opposite half,” said Pochettino.
“We need to be more consistent in our defensive game – It was difficult because at 2-0 we thought the game was finished.”
Tottenham’s defence has been leaky at times with 11 goals conceded in all games so far this month.
It may sound simple but Tottenham have a better chance of winning big games if they can keep clean sheets regularly.
The boss has time to work on ideas and tactics for the back four because of the international break, but it will be difficult for him to implement them with so many of Tottenham’s players currently away on international duty.
Tottenham have some very young players who are going to form the spine of the club’s back four for several seasons so it’s important they gain some confidence and in the season in the right way.
The team has to work on a number of defensive areas, which leave the centre backs exposed.
One of the main things which works against Tottenham’s back four is the way they push the full-backs forward quickly, which then places strain on the centre backs to cover when the right-back or left-back can’t get back into position quickly.
Tottenham have a very slim chance of a top four finish and their defence now needs to be rock solid for the rest of the season.