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I was born in York and have watched York City for over 35 years though thin and thinner.  Last year we were relegated to the 6th tier of English football for the first time ever. Hard times. 

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Interesting analysis. The clear implication is that this can be readily improved. Only 3 goals conceded from open play. Wow. 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/static-defenders-fatigued-harry-kane-inviting-pressure-why-spurs-struggle-at-set-pieces-8vjz5dpl6

Static defenders, fatigued Harry Kane, inviting pressure – why Spurs struggle at set pieces

Kane has made the most headed clearances of any forward this season — but this burden has also led to mistakes, such as Wolves’s equaliser on Sunday

Despite their recent stumble, Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive record this season is largely impressive. José Mourinho’s side have conceded exactly one goal per game in the Premier League, 15 in 15 matches, which is the second best record in the league, behind Manchester City (0.86 goals conceded per game) and level with Aston Villa.

But scratch beneath the surface and Tottenham’s defensive profile is unusual. Across 1,350 minutes of football, they have only conceded three goals to opposition players from open play (that is, neither a penalty nor a passage directly following a set piece): to Danny Ings of Southampton in September, Tariq Lamptey of Brighton & Hove Albion last month, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah shortly before Christmas. Own goals account for two further open-play goals: Davinson Sánchez’s error against West Ham and Toby Alderweireld’s miscue against Leicester City. No side in the league has conceded fewer than five goals from open play (Manchester City have also conceded five).

Dead-ball situations are a different story, however. Tottenham have let in ten goals from set pieces or penalties: at 67 per cent of their total goals against, that’s by far the highest proportion of dead-ball goals conceded by any side. Four of these goals have come from penalties, four from free kicks, and two from corners. So what are Tottenham doing wrong, and can it be fixed?

Defending the heart of the box
If we look at the six goals Tottenham have conceded from set pieces, one was Manuel Lanzini’s freakish 35-yard wondergoal for West Ham United in October, and another was Jeffrey Schlupp, of Crystal Palace, pouncing on a spill from Hugo Lloris, which Mourinho rightly chalked up as a rare error from an outstanding goalkeeper.

Alderweireld, left, has been suspect when opposition players attack the ball in the air.

Of the remaining four though, three conform to a clear pattern: an outswinging delivery from the left, and a header by an attacker outjumping Tottenham’s defenders in the centre of the penalty box. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal on the first weekend of the season, Fabián Balbuena’s goal for West Ham and Roberto Firmino’s late winner for Liverpool all fit this type.

In fairness to Spurs, this type of situation is exceptionally difficult to defend when the delivery is high quality, as it was in all three cases. However, one thing that stands out is that Tottenham cede the space between the six-yard box and the edge of the area: for the first two goals, which both came from free kicks, because they set up with a high line just outside the box; and for the Firmino goal, which came from a corner, because they play a hybrid zonal/man marking system, with the zonal markers inside the six-yard box and the man markers massed inside the D.

When the cross comes into the heart of this area, the opposition players can attack the ball. Although Tottenham’s defenders are tall, they are not especially explosive or athletic, and hence they are liable to be beaten from a standing start. Alderweireld is particularly vulnerable in these situations: he was comprehensively outjumped by Calvert-Lewin, and beaten to the ball by Firmino.

Kane’s corner pain
A common factor in both goals that Spurs have conceded from corners is that Harry Kane has been the nearest zonal marker. Neither was especially his fault, but nor did he manage to affect the play. Against Liverpool, Kane was posted in a back-post zone on the edge of the six-yard box; against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he was the man on the near post, but beaten to the ball by Romain Saïss. If anything, he was caught on his heels in both situations.

That’s hardly surprising. Kane is a defensive marvel: his total of 22 headed clearances this season leads the league’s forwards by a mile; in fact, only Oli McBurnie of Sheffield United has made even half that number. But he can’t do everything all the time. Kane has played all but six minutes in the league this season, and those corner goals came in the 90th and 86th minutes respectively. Wouldn’t one of Spurs’ fresher players be better stationed in those pivotal zones late on?

Living in the danger zone
One big explanation for Tottenham’s set-piece woe is that they bring it on themselves. Their tendency to fall back into a low block when protecting a lead invites a lot of activity in their own defensive third. This season, they rank third for passes allowed in their own final third per game, with 160, behind only Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, and first for passes allowed into their own box, with 38.7. When you spend so much time defending your own goal, you’ll inevitably concede frequent fouls, which Spurs do: their total of 12.7 fouls per game is the third highest in the league.

Defending in this way isn’t just tactically dangerous, it’s also mentally exhausting because it demands constant concentration and decision-making. Of course, there’s no way of measuring mental fatigue, but it doesn’t feel like a coincidence that seven of the ten goals Tottenham have conceded from free kicks or penalties have come in the 81st minute or later.

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13 minutes ago, AMIW said:

Pictures of the spurs party, several households, no masks

Lock them in a room with NDC....

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And José gave Reguilón a fully cooked suckling pig as a special present, because HE WAS GOING TO BE ALONE.

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On 1/2/2021 at 12:14 PM, JimCT said:

And José gave Reguilón a fully cooked suckling pig as a special present, because HE WAS GOING TO BE ALONE.

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If I had a roasted suckling pig in my kitchen the guest list would be small and very carefully considered.

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Evil cheese announces lamela will not feature in brentford game, lo celso is injured anyway but gives no update on reguilon who had the pig in the first place 

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9 minutes ago, AMIW said:

So with non elite sport suspended are marine allowed to play spurs or will they get another bye?

AFAIK

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On 1/4/2021 at 10:22 PM, AMIW said:

So with non elite sport suspended are marine allowed to play spurs or will they get another bye?

I think non elite teams in the FA Cup were given exemption to play a few weeks ago (maybe the last lockdown),until Liverpool went in to Tier 3 & now lockdown Marine were hoping to have 500 fans in attendance.

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This will upset the evil cheese

Liverpool and Everton lend Marine a hand

Marine v Tottenham (Sun, 17:00 GMT)

Tips from Jurgen Klopp and time in Carlo Ancelotti's back yard... it seems like non-league side Marine have had some big names help them out before Jose Mourinho's Tottenham visit in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Marine boss Neil Young has told media this morning that Liverpool have provided a helping hand with video analysis on Spurs.

The lowest ranked side left in the cup have also been allowed to use Everton's Finch Farm training base and will get time to finish their preparations with a session at Liverpool's training centre

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4 hours ago, AMIW said:

This will upset the evil cheese

Liverpool and Everton lend Marine a hand

Marine v Tottenham (Sun, 17:00 GMT)

Tips from Jurgen Klopp and time in Carlo Ancelotti's back yard... it seems like non-league side Marine have had some big names help them out before Jose Mourinho's Tottenham visit in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Marine boss Neil Young has told media this morning that Liverpool have provided a helping hand with video analysis on Spurs.

The lowest ranked side left in the cup have also been allowed to use Everton's Finch Farm training base and will get time to finish their preparations with a session at Liverpool's training centre

Good for them! I hope Marine enjoys their experience. With that said, they will lose. ;) 

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Brentford manager tests COVID positive 2 days after the Spurs match. Looking at the picture in the link, José will be concerned for a while, I expect.

https://www.newstalk.com/uncategorized/brentford-thomas-frank-covid-19-1132181

Also, Villa is fielding a youth team v Liverpool in the FA Cup Saturday, as the first team and staff have a COVID outbreak. José has drawn a line that the Wednesday match cannot be postponed. 

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