Danny Murphy: Why Tottenham’s strength is also their weakness

The former Tottenham midfielder delivers his verdict on Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino

Danny Murphy believes Tottenham Hotspur’s superb defence is affecting their attacking potential.

The Lilywhites have endured a stuttering run of Premier League form in recent months since an impressive 2-0 win against title rivals Manchester City at White Hart Lane in October.

Tottenham have managed to win just two of their seven Premier League fixtures since beating the Eastlands outfit ahead of their trip to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The north London side have the best defensive record in the English top flight after conceding just 10 times in 14 games despite missing Toby Alderweireld over the past couple of months.

Harry Kane has been impressive since his return to the Tottenham side after scoring seven times in his last six games in all competitions.

Former Tottenham midfielder Murphy explained why the north London side’s strength is contributing to their weakness under Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino.

“The one thing Spurs are is very good defensively. They’re as good as there is. Because they are so defensive minded, they don’t carry any one,” Murphy told BBC One’s Football Focus show.

“They have to get back and work hard. They lack in the final third. They don’t have players contributing to Harry Kane’s goals. So their strength can become their weakness.”

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Tottenham finished in third place in the Premier League table last season after challenging Leicester City for most of the 2015-16 campaign.

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