#4 Pochettino’s plan worked, but they ran out of gas in the second half
Unlike Arsenal’s defence, Spurs backline has the capability to soak up pressure and show their resilient nature. When the hosts conceded an early goal, the defence consisting of Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, and Sanchez was able to stand firm and negate opponents’ strengths.
Mauricio Pochettino had a mantra to dismantle his opposition today. He has passed instructions to his side to hit their opponents on the counter-attack with the lightning transition. Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, and Erik Lamela looked lively in the counter-attacks to feed either Harry Kane or Heung Min Son.
Since Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira struggled to track back with their slow pace, Spurs had joy through the counter-attacks. Additionally, Arsenal backline is susceptible defensively which made Pochettino implement this strategy. For the majority of the second half, Spurs adopted the defensive methodology and invited pressure. They ran out of energy which helped the hosts to win the second balls and cause continuous trouble to Spurs defensive department.