This season it feels like Mauricio Pochettino has finally got his Tottenham side playing the way he wants them to. There’s been a definite progression from last year. But do Spurs’ underlying numbers support this assertion?
Note: Absolute numbers are per game
- Forward thinking
Spurs are creating more chances and scoring more goals.
|Shots On Target||4.5||6.3|
- The case for the defence
They’re giving the opposition less to work with and conceding far less often.
Coupled with the increase in their own shots, this give Spurs a Total Shots Ratio (TSR) of 0.56, putting them 4th in the Premier League based on this useful indicator of performance. Last term it was 0.52.
- Possession isn’t everything
We have a little less of the ball and our passes aren’t quite so accurate. Maybe that’s the result of a bolder style in possession?
This isn’t to say we don’t hold on to the ball well. Spurs still sit 7th and 8th for the two statistics respectively.
- Getting closer
One problem last season was Tottenham’s reliance on shooting from distance. Now they have the guile and creativity to get into the penalty box more often.
|Shots Outside Box||52%||43%|
|6 Yard Box||5%||5%|
- Relentless pressure
Pochettino’s calling card – the Bielsa stye pressing game – is going from strength to strength, even if we do sometimes overstep the mark.
We now sit 1st in the league for both tackles and fouls.
So far it’s been a positive start to the season from Pochettino’s team. Game by game they look more like a team made in the manager’s image. It will be interesting to see how the season unfolds and whether these trends continue.
Have you been impressed by Spurs start to the season? Has Pochettino got the team playing his way? Can you tell why I have chosen the picture above for this post? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.