Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Chris Waddle explained on BBC Radio 5Live that he feels his old side gave possession away too easily in their opening Premier League game against Manchester United.
Spurs were perhaps a little unfortunate to go down 1-0 after their opening game, with defender Kyle Walker poking home an own goal, which proved to be the pivotal strike.
Waddle feels that Tottenham invited a lot of pressure onto themselves, while also urging the more attacking players to do more to try and find a way in behind the opposition’s defence.
“I think they started the game well – They’ve given possession away cheaply. I wouldn’t say Manchester United dominated but it’s mistakes from Tottenham, which invited them up the field – There’s not enough in terms of players looking to play in behind,” he said on BBC Radio 5Live.
Retaining the ball
Keeping possession in big games is vital to the way that Tottenham like to play.
Spurs are a side that like to get on the ball and build pressure over their opponents, creating waves of attack which are difficult for any team to be able to withstand effectively.
If the side can ensure that they cut out sloppy passing and situations where they invite pressure onto themselves, they should find it easier to quickly take control of matches.
Getting in behind the opposition
There were one or two examples during the game against United where Spurs were able to exploit the space in behind the defence such as Christian Eriksen’s failed lob in the first half.
However, Harry Kane struggled when United isolated him and starved him of the ball, forcing him to drop deeper as the game went on, which meant there was no real threat behind United’s defence and that needs to change moving forward.