“They were very well organised with their defensive line and they were compact. We were unable to break down their organisation” – Mauricio Pochettino

An accurate assessment from the Spurs boss following their shock defeat to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. His side was unable to break down a rigid Newcastle system that frustrated the London club from the outset. A slice of luck and a full portion of hard-work gave Steve Bruce his first three points as Newcastle boss and prevented him from becoming the first Newcastle manager to lose their first three games in charge.

In this tactical analysis, we look at the tactics deployed by Newcastle to restrict Tottenham’s xG to just 0.78. We also use statistics to analyse why Tottenham was unable to break through an organised Newcastle unit in this Premier League clash.

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