Tottenham Hotspur have finished in the top three of the Premier League thrice in the last four seasons, even once as a runner-up. Last season, they finished fourth and reached the final of the Champions League despite a self-imposed transfer ban due to the building of their new stadium. However, this summer they spent more than €100 million in the transfer window; signing bright young names such as Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso (on loan), and Ryan Sessegnon.

Mauricio Pochettino proved himself as a tactical genius last season as he managed injury-laden Tottenham to their first-ever European final since 1984. Domestically, he helped Spurs to get 76 points on average in the last four league campaigns and took them to three domestic semi-finals in the same period. With a considerably promising transfer window and most of the squad getting to their prime age, it seems that this season Tottenham could put some serious challenge for trophies.

This tactical analysis scout report will break down how Pochettino’s Spurs could sail through the season, and probably bringing silverware to the white side of North London.

Shapes of Spurs

Pochettino’s Tottenham are known as a team able to play in multiple shapes and systems. Last season they used a broad range of formations from 4–2–3–1, 3–4–3, and 5–3–2. This campaign— as from what they showed in their pre-season matches — Spurs probably could play regularly in a back-four system; either with 4–2–3–1 or 4–4–2 diamond.

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