Bakary Sako explains why Crystal Palace found it hard to break down Tottenham

Tottenham defeated Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks to a display of solid defending.

Spurs secured a second consecutive victory on Sunday, overcoming Crystal Palace by a 1-0 scoreline, and Bakary Sako has told the official Palace website how Tottenham played to make it so hard for him and his teammates.

Sako said: “It was hard to get them on one-v-one situations, because their midfielders always came across to help the full-back and that made it tough to take the full-back on.”

Sako praised the tactical set-up used by Mauricio Pochettino, who kept with his 4-2-3-1 formation, with the impressive Eric Dier turning out alongside Dele Alli in a deeper role.

Whilst naturally central players in a double-pivot, Sako has admitted that it was hard to break the Spurs side down as Alli and Dier kept going to cover their full-backs, which prevented Palace ever getting the chance to break into a one-on-one situation.

Considering how much of Palace’s play is based around their wingers utilising their pace in the wide areas, Pochettino made the correct decision to field his team in this manner.

In this system, it was the defensive midfielders and the full-backs who dominated the defensive aspects of play, with Alli, Kyle Walker and Ben Davies all winning five tackles, whilst Dier’s tally of six was the highest in the Tottenham ranks.

Sako only managed to complete one dribble in his role on the left side of the pitch, whilst Wilfried Zaha did not complete a single run past an opponent during his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Tottenham looked far more assured in this game than they have at all previously this season, and with the defensive midfield duo finally preforming their key roles, it appears as if Pochettino has built a system which is good enough to lead Spurs up the Premier League table.

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