Robbie Savage Watch: How Spurs Can Play Like Every Other Team Against Manchester City
ROBBIE Savage Watch: a look at the world’s favourite pundit. This week, Savage tells BBC viewers “How Spurs can beat Man City”.
We’d hasten to reply ‘Score more goal’, but that might be too trite for a deep thinker of the game, like Savage.
In his regular BBC Sport column, Robbie Savage looks at the tactical decisions which could decide Wednesday’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Tactics win matches at the top level. So. What are Robbie’s tactics?
Under Sherwood, the most obvious change by Spurs has been to play two strikers…with Emmanuel Adebayor coming into the team to partner Roberto Soldado. Sherwood picked Adebayor as a lone striker in their last game, against Swansea, but crucially he got much better support and saw far more of the ball than Soldado ever did when he was up front on his own under Villas-Boas.
So. That’s what Sherwood is doing right. But what would Savage suggest to beat City?
…taking the game to City is definitely Tottenham’s best bet because if you try to hold them off, they will always break you down in the end.
In Savage’s expert opinion the home side looking to secure Champions’ League football with a multi-million pound squad should attack the visiting team.
…Sherwood should stick with his attacking outlook and set up a team to put City on the back foot and pressure their defence.
In other words, Spurs should play like every other home team does. This is what he said about Manchester City playing away.
Playing away, City are against teams who are in front of their own fans and who are going to get in their faces more, right from the start. As City have found, even when their opponents go a goal down they do not stop looking for the win.
The mans’ tactical genius…