‘Intense’: Cesc Fabregas names the three Spurs players he thinks are 'world class’
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has named three world class Tottenham players ahead of tonight’s north London derby.
Fabregas used to play for Chelsea too, so it is certain that he will be rooting for the Gunners in the huge clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The midfielder worked under Spurs boss Antonio Conte in their time together at Stamford Bridge, and has been full of praise for the Italian’s attack.
He inherited the most dangerous partnership in the Premier League in the shape of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, but Conte brought in Dejan Kulusevski in his first transfer window in charge.
Fabregas names three world class Tottenham players
Speaking to London World ahead of tonight’s game, Fabregas said: “Spurs are very well structured, they use the wing backs very high. They are intense and, a little bit like Arsenal, they try to build up from the back to draw the opponent out. Tottenham have world class players up front as well in Son, Kane and Kulusevski.
“Last weekend against Liverpool they gave them a game. If you’re going to beat a Conte team you’ll need to be very well structured. We’ve seen many teams match [Conte]’s system and go one-on-one across the whole pitch to see who is better.
“Teams used to do that against us at Chelsea. I don’t think Arteta will do that. He will go his way, he’ll play the 4-2-3-1, try to apply pressure from the front and try to have the ball. You need to switch sides constantly against Conte.
“If you try to play a lot in the middle, where he puts a lot of bodies and are very vertical, it will be tough.
“But if you keep switching sides, there will be moments where they’re not covered positionally and from there you can find spaces. It’s a good challenge for Mikel, for sure.”
It is well established that Kane and Son are world class. The only debate here would be over Kulusevski, but it cannot be doubted he has made a flying start to life in English football.
Chris Sutton said earlier this week that Kulusevski is better than Arsenal poster boy Bukayo Saka, which would be hotly contested on the red half of north London.
Both managers will be hoping it is their attacks who can provide enough moments of magic on a night which will shape much of this season’s success, as well as mapping out the landscape for next term too.
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