The new Premier League season kicked off with high hopes for fans all across the country, with Tottenham and Aston Villa being no exception to this. Spurs hosted newly-promoted Villa in their first game of the season at their spanking new stadium, with both sides hoping to scale greater heights in this campaign. Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side finally got some much-needed reinforcement over the summer, with the signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon providing quality and quantity, while Aston Villa brought in a whopping 12 players and spent over £130 million. Dean Smith was quick to play down any comparisons with Fulham, who went on a similar shopping spree upon promotion last season and were then relegated, but Villa will have to hit the ground running in an extremely competitive division. As for Spurs, Pochettino will hope that his side can now maintain a sustained challenge for the title.
This tactical analysis piece will look at the tactics employed by both sides.


The two lineups

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