Is Michel Vorm the source of Tottenham's defensive improvements?

Michel Vorm

Tottenham Hotspur's defence has shown signs of improvement with just two goals conceded in their last three games.

Tottenham Hotspur have conceded two goals in their last three Premier League games, which coincides with goalkeeper Michel Vorm coming into the team as Hugo Lloris recovers from a knee problem.

Vorm appears to have had a beneficial impact on Tottenham’s back four, with the backline having looked more solid in recent games, which leaves manager Mauricio Pochettino with a problem over what to do when Lloris returns to full fitness.

Vorm is not as aggressive a goalkeeper as Lloris and as a result, Tottenham’s defence has had to adjust.

They have had to drop deeper to offer him more protection, whereas Lloris is very proactive in the respect that he encourages the backline to maintain a higher position up the pitch.

When a defence drops deeper, a team is generally harder to break down because the backline narrows, which reduces the space between defender and there is less space for strikers to exploit if they play on the shoulder of a defender.

Tottenham are not a side that park the bus, but deep defensive lines can frustrate attacks and it’s also a system, which allows Tottenham to exploit their pace on the counter attack.

Lloris is extremely good at spotting the danger and coming out to clear it, but with Tottenham obviously wary of Vorm’s ability in the same area, they dropped off so he wasn’t left exposed.

In a higher line, there is also a need for midfield men to drop off and get back into position quickly.

Players like Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli among others, are better in systems where the emphasis is more on them to counter attack rather than to get back into position and recover defensively.

It will be interesting to see if Pochettino throws Lloris straight back into the team and whether the penny has dropped with the manager and the Frenchman if he does.

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