Playing at Wembley this season was always going to be a different challenge for Tottenham Hotspur – it was clear before the campaign started that Mauricio Pochettino would need to tinker with his tactics.
The high-intensity, all-pressure style that had engulfed opponents at White Hart Lane is a tougher task to implement at Wembley given the increased size of the playing surface.
While Pochettino still has his Tottenham team press the ball and harry the opposition, a rethink in the summer has seen Spurs alter the manner of their attacking style this season.
The Lilywhites won the North London Derby on Saturday with a relatively straightforward goal – a sublime cross from Ben Davies and a towering header from Harry Kane.
Both the Welsh full-back and Kieran Trippier on the other flank are capable of top-class delivery from wide, something that looks to have increased in 2017-18 — which got me thinking.
Looking at the Premier League official website, Tottenham have made the most crosses of any team in the division this season, with Pochettino’s side executing 603 so far in 2017-18.
This is a fair amount more than the other clubs, while last season Spurs completed 761 throughout the whole campaign – the ninth most of the 20 top-flight teams.
Kane’s ability in the air is another dimension to Tottenham’s attacking play but looking at the statistics it seems like Pochettino has decided to vary the team’s approach in searching for a breakthrough in the Premier League this season.