Bilic identifies Tottenham’s biggest quality, explains how to counter it

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West Ham United face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has said that Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest quality is their ability to press high up the pitch and remain compact out of possession, the London Evening Standard reports.

The Hammers face Spurs on Sunday knowing the hosts are entirely different proposition to the one they faced towards the back-end of last season in a game which finished 2-2.

Tottenham have gone from strength to strength under head coach Mauricio Pochettino, with their high energy and youthfulness throughout the side a key feature at White Hart Lane.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League encounter, Bilic had nothing but praise for his upcoming opponents and explained how he intends to counter their greatest threat.

“We face our old rivals Tottenham this weekend and their biggest quality comes in the moment they lose the ball,” the Croatian coach explained, according to the London Evening Standard.

“They press high up the pitch and do it as a compact team so they can win it back in situations that create chances for them. If they win it off your defenders, it can be very dangerous.

"When we get the ball, the first pass has to be safe. That player doesn’t have to think about a key pass or beating someone. We won’t have a lot of time to think about a pass so it needs to be simple."

Spurs have outworked every other team in the top-flight this season, boasting the highest running rate in terms of kilometres covered per Premier League match.

The likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele are powerful runners through the middle while attacking players Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela do their fair share of tracking back.

It was witnessed during Spurs’ recent 1-1 draw at Arsenal how physically imposing they can be, pressing the Gunners high up the pitch and not allowing them to get into their rhythm.

West Ham will need to move the ball quickly on Sunday, and considering the hosts strengths it may not come as great shock to see the visitors play a lot more direct from the back.

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