Tottenham Hotspur kept their name in the hat for the title race with a hard-fought win over Leicester City at Wembley. Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son secured all three points for Spurs in a 3-1 win.
However, they had a fine performance from their goalkeeper to thank for the final scoreline. Hugo Lloris made a number of excellent saves, including keeping out a Jamie Vardy penalty. Without the Frenchman, Tottenham might have ended up on the wrong side of this result.
Speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 (10/02/2019), Premier League legend Alan Shearer suggested where Tottenham’s biggest weakness was.
“I think Leicester looked at it and identified the full-back positions as a weakness for Tottenham and something they could exploit.
“They knew Trippier and Rose were going to play high and give Tottenham the width.
“Look how high up they are. Look at the space in behind. This is the penalty, where Vertonghen fouls him. But it is because that space is there for Leicester players to run into.
“The chances they created today, from those positions, Leicester should have got something out of the game.”
This will not come as a surprise to Tottenham fans. The full-back positions have been seen as the side’s weak point for some time.
Trippier, in particular, has been criticised by Spurs fans this season. His excellent World Cup with England has been long forgotten.
Of course, Pochettino wants his full-backs to give his midfield the width it lacks in games like this but when is high, the other should be concentrating more on his defensive duties.
It is a delicate balancing act that Tottenham often get right. Against Leicester yesterday, they didn’t and it so nearly cost them the points at Wembley.
Pochettino will no doubt have noticed and will look to fine-tune these problems before facing the sensational wide-play of Borussia Dortmund, and Jadon Sancho, on Wednesday night.