Archive for the ‘formation’ Category

In the 2009-2010 season Spurs rose above expectations to finally clinch qualification for the Champions League, a main part of that success was one of the bargins of the season: Niko Kranjcar. Niko was signed from Portsmouth for the pittance fee of £2.5m and came to join with his Croatian teammates Luka Modric and Vedran […]

As Tottenham lined up to face Fulham this weekend in the FA cup few imagined the pounding we were about to get. Before the game Harry Redknapp eluded to the ‘tiny, tiny, tiny team’ he had picked with a midfield containing Modric (5’9), Pienaar (5’7) and Lennon (5’5) behind a forward two of Van Der […]

Going straight into the action against Newcastle this weekend it’s interesting to note what effect Pienaar brings to an already talented and somewhat overflowing midfield for Spurs. Playing from left midfield it is clear to see that he is a more attacking player, unfortunately Bale did not stay on the pitch for long on Saturday […]

Harry Redknapp talks about being open a lot, in fact in pretty much every interview… I’ve got good wide men, so I play them, I want to play Gareth Bale, I want to play Aaron Lennon, and I want to play two front men because when the wingers are pulling everybody out of position, there […]

0-0 against a potential title challenger, if the media are to be believed, is not too bad but considering the way Spurs played then the result is a bit of a let down. The game showed two teams with totally different mindsets, Spurs willing to attack and exploiting the flanks while City played keep ball […]

The Champions League play off draw was finally made and Spurs drew BSC Young Boys from Bern in Switzerland. While the draw seems the easiest on paper having missed the likes of Sampdoria and Auxerre; BSC pose a problem which could really hamper Spurs and the problem is called 3-4-3. Against Fenerbache BSC Young Boys […]

4-5-1 explained


With alot of speculation on Spurs playing 4-5-1 I thought I would attempted to cover how the 4-5-1 works, how it is different to 4-4-2 and the key components to making the formation work. Taking the principles of the 4-5-1 firstly, these 2 things will never change, there will always be a flat back 4, […]