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Talking Tactics: Baffling Arsenal XI; Alli superb with direct Spurs; Pep's error

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3) Direct football comes to Spurs but defensive issues remain The most important tactical feature of Tottenham's 3-2 win on Saturday was the long balls forward from Toby Alderweireld, who created the first two goals for Dele Alli with the sort of direct football not seen for a couple of years at Spurs.

Leicester City are technically still in the title race thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho's injury-time winner against Everton, although realistically fans should be focusing on the 12 point gap they have opened up to fifth.

Jurgen Klopp's side hold an 11-point advantage over a weary City team highly likely to drop more points before the year is out.



Liverpool's hectic December schedule has been worrying their supporters for quite some time now, but as Manchester City dropped yet more points at Newcastle the threat suddenly seems minimal.

Ljungberg instructed his full-backs to get forward, and with Joe Willock pushing on to make a front four that left far too few Arsenal players back.

In his defence, Arsenal did start brightly, Ozil dropping neatly into pockets in the left half-space to build momentum… but it quickly evaporated.

Going forward, Chelsea were stumped without the movement and agility of Tammy Abraham (Mount and Christian Pulisic needed someone to feed), plus Willian's absence meant they had nobody to break the lines and carry the ball forward.
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