Martin Keown: What surprised me about Tottenham during 2-0 win over Chelsea
Martin Keown admits he was surprised by how easily Tottenham Hotspur reverted to a 3-4-3
Martin Keown admits he was impressed with how comfortable Tottenham Hotspur looked during the 2-0 win against Chelsea despite playing a relatively new system.
Mauricio Pochettino opted to start with a 3-4-3 formation to match up to the Premier League leaders as Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen made up their back three.
Dele Alli broke the deadlock in the first half with a close-range header before Christian Eriksen picked out the England playmaker for the home side’s second goal of the London derby.
Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3 formation after a 3-0 loss at Arsenal in September and the north London side went on to win their next 13 Premier League fixtures using the system.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, former Arsenal defender Keown pondered whether Pochettino could be tempted to stick with the system – too.
“What surprised me the most is how comfortable Tottenham seemed with the system given how few times they’ve used it,” Keown said.
“When Chelsea lost to Arsenal in September Antonio Conte moved to a back three immediately and haven’t looked back. I wonder whether Tottenham will stay with this system for the rest of the season.”
Tottenham are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea.
Spurs have won their last five top-flight games to leave the north Londoners in a good position to get a top-four spot.