Ledley King: Tottenham paid price for open approach in top-four race

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King feels Spurs have struggled against their top-four rivals due to their open approach

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

Tottenham Hotspur have paid the price for their open approach in the race for a top-four finish this season, according to Ledley King.

The north London side have suffered heavy defeats home and away against Liverpool, whilst Manchester City were 6-0 winners against Spurs at Etihad Stadium earlier in the season.

If we can get a few more positive results against the top four teams then that can make the difference between finishing fourth and fifth or sixth

Ledley King

And former Spurs captain King feels Tim Sherwood’s side have been very consistent against the lower-ranked teams, adding that Tottenham still have an outside chance of a fourth-place finish.

“I think the difficulty is that when you go to the top teams you can get punished very easily, especially when you believe in your own qualities and you feel you can have a go at them,” King told London24.

“There’s a thin line between that and leaving yourself open, and I think that’s what’s happened. We’ve been punished trying to play our attacking style of football, which means that we’ll have a go at teams.

“I think that’s the Tottenham way. The players that we’ve brought in are players who suit playing forward, attacking football. I don’t think we have the type of player who’s happy to sit there and try to grind out a 0-0 draw.

“It depends on the managers, it depends what players you have at the club and what your vision is going forward.

“We’ve seen Liverpool doing very well this season with their style, and that shows that giving the manager time – as Brendan Rodgers has had to put his stamp on the team – is paying dividends.

“This season we’ve had some heavy defeats but, all in all, take away the top four teams and we’ve been pretty consistent in beating the teams below or around us.

“We’ve had the odd slip-up but that’s the difference. If we can get a few more positive results against the top four teams then that can make the difference between finishing fourth and fifth or sixth.”

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