Gameweek five in the Premier League had Tottenham Hotspur host Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Each team had a completely different mindset going into this game, based on the result of their last performances before the international break. Tottenham Hotspur shockingly lost to Newcastle at home, conceding an early goal from Joelinton. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace were able to get their first win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League era, a massive feat. A week later, Crystal Palace controversially got another three points against a ten-man Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two-goal lead against fierce, North London rivals Arsenal, only able to earn one point at the Emirates. One team coming into game week five on a complete high, and the other on the lowest of lows.

That being said, just by watching the match, you would never know that Tottenham Hotspur had just gone through such a bad run of form. They easily beat Crystal Palace in every department, winning the match with a comfortable 4-0 victory. This tactical analysis will examine how Tottenham Hotspur were able to get out of their rut and perform at a level they have not shown in a while using tactics and analysis.

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