Three things Tottenham must improve to beat Sunderland

The North London side face the Wearsiders today and will have the goal of getting their first win of the season.

Tottenham travel to take on Sunderland today at the Stadium of Light, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men looking to get their first win of the new season.

The White Hart Lane side have drawn their last three games after losing on the opening day of the campaign to Manchester United and will feel that today is the day for three points.

However, for the visitors to get the better of Dick Advocaat’s men they will need to do the following three things better than they have done so far this season.

Provide quality service to Harry Kane

After scoring on international duty for England, Harry Kane will have returned to the North London club full of confidence and will want his first club goal of the season today.

The service to the striker has been relatively mediocre so far this term so far, with the homegrown hero having to feed off scraps and create his own opportunities for the most part.

Kane has goals in him; Spurs’ attacking midfield players need to offer good crosses and through-balls to help him break his duck for the season.

Show fortitude when leading

After taking the lead against both Stoke and Leicester, Pochettino’s men relinquished their advantage and were forced to share the spoils.

Top teams show fortitude when they get into the ascendancy and Spurs must do likewise if and when they take the lead at the Stadium of Light.

There was something of an inevitability about the goals that Tottenham conceded on those occasions - the team’s defence must show more solidarity against Sunderland.

Protect Hugo Lloris

Despite Belgian compatriots Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld resuming their partnership from their mutual Ajax days, Spurs’ rearguard has looked less than watertight so far this term.

This has meant that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been exposed at the back, with the France international having to be called into action more times than Pochettino would wish.

With Sunderland likely to pressurise Spurs at set pieces and look to take the game to the visitors, the travelling defence needs to stand up to the test and protect their goalkeeper.

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