Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Micky Hazard told talkSPORT that he feels it’s important manager Mauricio Pochettino gets his team playing with a consistent and aggressive style next season.
Hazard has suggested that when Tottenham buy into Pochettino’s philosophy and demonstrate the key way that the gaffer likes his team to play, there aren’t many sides that can get close to the White Hart Lane club.
“I think we can - Pochettino has been in the transfer market and his signings certainly aren’t finished yet – If he gets the team playing with a high press up the pitch and a high tempo – If he gets them playing to that high quality and tempo – we really look a top drawer team,” Hazard told talkSPORT.
Why is a high press important for Tottenham?
Pochettino likes his team to play with a high press, which gives Tottenham a better chance of winning the ball back quickly.
That in turn increases the chance that Tottenham can maintain pressure over their opposition, with constant waves of attack and no let-up in terms of the number of threats coming from the Spurs midfield and frontline.
There is a risk with the tactic because it forces the back four to play higher up the pitch, but Spurs do have the pace in key players to cope.
Why is a high tempo important?
A high tempo is important because it doesn’t give Tottenham’s opposition a chance to react.
Spurs are at their very best when they can ping the ball around the pitch quickly, freeing players to move into space and good attacking positions.
It’s also important for the attacking players who lack a little bit of pace such as Harry Kane, who can then rely on their intelligence and movement to compensate.