As the club made history by defeating Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League at Old Trafford, Villas-Boas’ Tottenham team has clearly shown the effects of his revolution.
So after the impressive things shown on Saturday, what can we learn from the start of AVB’s reign?
- Counter attack
Despite the attack being almost the same as under Redknapp, the 4-2-3-1 formation means Bale and Lennon go further up the pitch and during counter attacks, the team is set up more aggressively. This was highlighted by Gary Neville on Monday night, where he analysed the runs of Lennon, Bale and Defoe which tore Evans and Ferdinand apart.
- Parker who?
The Englishman has been out injured since the end of last season but his presence in away games appears to be small. With Villas-Boas obviously attacking from the start, the defensive minded player would only be satisfactory when holding a lead, with the midfielder still yet to score a goal in a Tottenham star.
- Come On You Caulker!
The young defender proved himself on Saturday on a big stage, showing his strength and bright future. Playing against a superior striker-force of Rooney, Van Persie, Kagawa and Welbeck, the former Swansea loanee was tested to the limit. The last time Tottenham won at Old Trafford before Saturday Caulker wasn’t even born yet!
- Defoe’s a good’un!
Normally a striker is only monitored by goals, but the progress Jermain has made since AVB has taken over has been incredible. Last season, Defoe was greedy and wanted his own goals, even though he still is, his power on Saturday against a gigantic Ferdinand shows how Defoe can hold off the defender and his ball to Bale instead of making the run around the defender shows how the 29 year old has transformed dramatically to a team player.
- Dempsey or Rafa?
The American was obviously purchased as a replacement for Van der Vaart, and although it could be said this is a disappointment to see him leave, Dempsey is an outstanding player which Saturday proved.
Not only is he match fit and able to play the full 90 minutes, his positioning is impeccable and has been demonstrated by an incorrectly ruled out goal in the Europa League, and also his first Tottenham goal on Saturday.
He is also one of the most highest scoring midfield players in the Premier League, being involved in at least 20 goals a season.
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