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Tottenham Hotspur And How They Can Win The Premier League: Complete SWOT Analysis For Poch’s Team

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Spurs are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season after 11 game weeks but Mauricio Pochettino will still be a concerned man right now. Despite being unbeaten in the League, Spurs are sitting fifth on the table right now, five points behind leaders Liverpool. The Lilywhites have won just five of their 11 League games and six others ended as draws which is far from impressive. Too many draws last season proved to be costly for them last campaign and things have become only worse this season.

Spurs have also struggled in the Champions League and are in a difficult position right now and might not b able to make it to the round of 16. Club football will once again resume next weekend and Pochettino needs a serious job on his hands. Let us take a look at Spurs’ strengths and weakness from what we have seen so far-

Strengths

Spurs’ biggest strength is their rock-solid defence. The North London side have conceded just six times from 11 games which is amazing. Since the arrival of Toby Alderweireld last summer, Spurs have been the best defensive setup in the League. Alderweireld and Vertonghen knowing each other inside out from their Ajax days and time at the international setup has worked brilliantly in Spurs’ favour. Kevin Wimmer is a pretty solid backup defender too.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) with Jan Vertonghen celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Spurs are not at all a defensive side. Pochettino is one of the most attacking-minded managers in the Premier League and they create plenty of opportunities and the back four also plays a high line. Despite that, such defensive figures is amazing. The last man of Spurs’ defence, Hugo Lloris, is one of the best in his position and gives the North London side an extra edge.

Weaknesses

You do not need to be a pundit to identify Spurs’ biggest problem. It is their finishing. Spurs have just scored 15 goals from 11 games so far. That is exactly the half of what top of the table Liverpool have scored. Harry Kane started the season slowly and just when he started picking up his game, he went down with an injury. Son-Heung Min first seemed like someone who can stand up to the occasion but could not keep his good work up while Vincent Janssen, Spurs’ mega million summer signing is yet to score a single goal from open play.

Spurs needed to ensure it in the summer that they are not too much reliant on Harry Kane for the goals but have failed to do that. Finishing is the area where Spurs must improve or else Champions League football could slip away from them next season.

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