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Southampton vs Tottenham (2-5): What did we learn about Tottenham’s attack?

How did both teams set up?

[team 65] set up in their usual 4-4-2 with talisman [player 1450] leading the line alongside [player 3596]. [player 978883] and [player 172357] provided the width with [player 1155] and [player 1505] in central midfield. The back four saw [player 155138 and [player 1393] starting at center half while [player 4659] and [player 1350] played as full-backs. [player 1131] started in goal for the Saints.

As far as [team 6] are concerned, skipper [player 1014] started in goal. [player 3884] and [player 989] at left and right-back, respectively. [player 916] partnered [player 26294] in the back middle of the back four. [player 988] started on the bench, which came as a surprise to many. It was a midfield trio that saw the surprise inclusion of [player 99148] as a starter. [player 1711] and [player 1744] were alongside him in the middle of the park. The front three had [player 997], [player 4313], and [player 95998] with [player 25776] on the bench.

Southampton’s performance overall

Southampton gave a great fight to Tottenham in the first half. Their pressing was effective and made it difficult for Tottenham to play vertically. The Saints were playing quickly on transition by using the pace of Che Adams behind Tottenham. Moussa Djenepo was a constant threat down the left and created some excellent chances. 

Southampton initially took the lead through Danny Ings in the 32’ minute. It was a good finish from a tight angle. They defended well but eventually conceded at the worst possible time. Just before the half time whistle, Son got a chance from a Harry Kane cross, which he finished perfectly. 

In the second half, it was an ultimate collapse from the home side as they went on to concede four more goals. Their pressing lacked cohesion, and they hardly created a chance. However, Danny Ings scored a consolation second from the spot. 

What did we learn from Tottenham’s performance?

Tottenham, in the first half, were second best in all departments. However, the goal just before the half time made the difference mentally. In the second half, [coach 455375] made a tactical switch and brought [player 97664] on. Lo Celso’s ability was critical to beat the press, and Southampton’s press was beaten by the Argentine on various occasions. He played effective progressive passes and made a big difference.

However, the notable change was seen in the final third, as Tottenham decided to play on quick transitions. They used Son’s pace excellently to get in behind the Saint’s defense. Harry Kane usually dropped off and allowed Son to make the opposite movement. The duo ended up combining all four goals that were scored by Son. (Fixture details: [fixture 16924613]

They went from back to front quickly, and Southampton’s press was beaten by this significant tactical change by Jose’s side. This win can help Tottenham gather some momentum ahead of a hectic schedule.

A comprehensive victory for Jose’s side and a damaging blow to Southampton’s bad start to the new season.

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