After the midweek European competitions, the Premier League is back. Wolves had a strong form, they were unbeaten in the past 11 games in the domestic league; they also secured a 4-0 home win against Turkish side Besiktas on Thursday. In this round of fixtures, Wolves faced Tottenham, a strong opponent.
Tottenham had been doing quite well in the domestic competition after the arrival of José Mourinho, especially scoring many goals. Despite the defeat in the last group game of the Champions League, they had to focus on the league, looking for a win at the Molineux Stadium.
Nuno Espírito Santo lined up his team in a 5-4-1 formation, all these players were very familiar with the tactics and the style of Wolves. Despite Ryan Bennett was available, Leander Dendoncker continued to play as the right centre back; he partnered with Conor Coady and Romain Saïss. Diogo Jota, Raúl Jiménez and Adama Traoré were the front three.
Mourinho’s Tottenham played in a 4-2-3-1 formation, their key players were rotated in the game against Bayern. No Danny Rose or Ben Davies today, so Jan Vertonghen played as a left-back. Harry Winks was on the bench as Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier played as the defensive midfielders on the pitch. Lucas Moura got his chance to continue impressing the new manager; the in-form Dele Alli also started the game.
The first phase of Wolves’ attack
Wolves were a more counter-attacking team, however, in this match, they got 59% of possession in the game thanks to the non-optimal Tottenham defence. When got chances to play out from the back, Wolves did not insist to penetrate through the centre by finding João Moutinho or Rúben Neves. They remained in their own style, tried plenty of long balls to progress the ball.
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