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Paul Merson questions Tottenham’s ability to break down defensive teams

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Paul Merson questions Tottenham’s ability to break down defensive teams

Paul Merson has given a glowing verdict on the current Tottenham side after an excellent start to the season, but he’s picked out one problem that they may have in their game.

Spurs are preparing to face rivals London rivals Chelsea on Sunday and they travel to Stamford Bridge as Premier League leaders.

Jose Mourinho was able to make 10 changes to his Spurs team last night in the Europa League and is going to on the main have a fresh group of players going into the weekend’s league showdown.

Merson has been discussing them as potential title challengers, raising one issue though they have when it comes to breaking down teams that play with a low block.

They excelled last weekend against Manchester City by playing a counter-attacking style of football, but the league match before it took an 88th minute goal from Harry Kane to beat West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns.


“I think all of them have bought into Jose’s work, and they are a threat. But it’s when other teams play counter attacking football on Spurs, will they be able to break them down?” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I am not ruling Spurs out [of the title race], but there is a question mark on the other side of the game. They struggled against West Brom, but they won, and I think it was their biggest result of the season so far.

“It’s those games where you have to rally yourselves when it’s the other side’s cup final. They are going to work 25 times harder against you.”

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TBR’s View:

Spurs appear to have found a successful formula when it comes to setting up against the top teams and it’s unlikely they are going to move away from that at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, it does often present a completely different challenge playing teams further down the table and it’s worth noting that only Chelsea have scored more league goals than them this season.

They showed an incredibly mentality to snatch a late winner against West Brom and teams at the top will have a few of those kind of results during the course of a campaign, which is why it’s so handy to have the likes of Kane and Son who often need one chance to score.

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