Writer: Tactically Challenge
Date:Sunday December 23 2012
Its not AVB, its not Adebayor's poor form. Its not the high ticket prices, Levy's transfer policy or even Mark Lawrenson's shirts. Its the fact that some Tottenham Hotspur fans decided that we had to play both Defoe and Adebayor together. This complete lack of tactical knowledge and understanding from fellow Spurs fans is embarrassing, especially in 2012.
Of course the manager could of ignored the boo's and social media moaning. But his position has been under constant scrutiny since day one, and thus he can ill afford to ignore the fans. The fact that our fan's didn't see this and decided to heap even more pressure on him has been a major disappointment. Its a common mis-conception that 4-4-2 is a more attacking formation than 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1. This is a childish and ridiculous assertion. You have less possession in a 4-4-2 (due to having one less central player), how can you be more attacking while seeing less of the ball?
Our match against Stoke was a prime example of why you need to play one Striker in 2012. I personally counted 4 separate occasion in the match, where the ball rolled across the 'magic' zone (the area between the oppositions penalty spot and 18 yard line), and no player was present. Previously, Keane, VDV and now Sigurdsson would all of been attacking this important space, but with Defoe and Adebayor playing together, you have to play a flat midfield 4, which means there is no player in the No.10 role. This player would usually arrive in the oppositions box at the perfect time to finish these great chances.
In a 4-2-3-1 its obvious which player fullfils this role, in a 4-3-3 its slightly less obvious, but its split between two of the 3 central midfielders. I hope AVB ignores the boo boys and drops one of the two strikers, because quite frankly, 4-4-2 has about as much a place in modern day football as the back pass. Its about time our manager grew a pair, and implemented his favoured 4-3-3 with rotating positions. If you are unclear about this tactic, then please watch this video -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXWq34XByjc&list=FLA7M3jw2g75gXvCJk6QoS2A&index=3 After you have watched the above video and taken our performance against Stoke into account, I'm sure you will agree that its time to join the 21st century and dump the 4-4-2 all together.
Many Vital Spurs readers will already know much of what has been said in this article, but for those that don't, please consider what I say before you boo when AVB replaces Defoe with Adebayor, or moan on social media when we play one up top.
Written by Tactically Challenge
Date:Sunday December 23 2012
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