Tony Cascarino believes Tottenham have something Liverpool don't

Sep 1991:  Portrait of Tony Cascarino of Aston Villa during a photocall at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Dan  Smith

Tony Cascarino feels that Spurs have shown they can mix things up when necessary, unlike Liverpool.

London, England - November 06, 2018

In his heyday, Tony Cascarino was the ultimate weapon when his team needed to 'go long' into the box. Indeed, when playing for Ireland under Jack Charlton, this was the team's 'Plan A'. Charlton liked to alternate between big men like Niall Quinn and Cascarino up front with the Irish team of the 80s and 90s enjoying relative success through such tactics.

The talkSPORT host was a big fan of the way Spurs were able to change their approach against PSV on Tuesday night. Pochettino had watched his side throw everything at PSV after going 1-0 down to an early Luuk de Jong header. Spurs had chance after chance to equalise but the Dutch side kept getting bodies in the way.


Pochettino introduced rarely-used Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, after 75 minutes of the game. It could be argued that they needed him sooner but as it turned out, Spurs were able to turn things around in the short time remaining after Llorente came on.

Cascarino felt this showed the difference between Spurs and Liverpool as he feels Jurgen Klopp's Reds have no alternative method of breaking teams down if their original plan becomes stuck in the mud.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “The difference between Liverpool and Tottenham last night was that Spurs could go long."

“They went direct, they brought on Llorente alongside Kane and they scored both of their goals from balls which they put into an area where they can cause havoc. Tottenham have that, but Liverpool don’t.

“Jurgen Klopp chooses not to play that way, he wants to stick to playing in the way he thinks they’re best at, which is his right.

“But Tottenham did have a little bit of a different dimension when they were chasing the game, and Liverpool didn’t have that.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in...

Cascarino's comments may give Spurs fans renewed hope in what they can achieve this season. With Real Madrid's managerial future unclear, Spurs fans know that if Pochettino can have another progressive season then he will be more inclined to believe he can realise his dreams at the north London club.

Keeping Pochettino at Tottenham for the next few years, at least, must be the number one priority for Daniel Levy. What the Argentine manager has achieved at Spurs in his four and a half years at the club cannot be underestimated. However, Pochettino will always face the same criticisms as Klopp because of the lack of silverware, regardless of the team's obvious on-pitch evolution.

Pochettino likes his teams to play their football on the ground, just like Klopp. Yet, the Spurs boss seems far more willing to test teams with a different approach should the need arise. That's exactly what he did at Wembley on Tuesday. While Klopp's men were running out of ideas and stumbling to a 2-0 defeat at Red Star, Spurs were busy finding another way through the PSV rearguard. Most importantly, they did it.

I'm sure Cascarino was smiling on as Llorente entered the fray at Wembley, probably reciting the old Jack Charlton mantra of "put 'em under pressure."

Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp look on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley on September 15, 2018...

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