Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why You'll See Us Play It Safe at the Lane

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why You'll See Us Play It Safe at the Lane

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Byline: Slaven Bilic

WE face our old rivals Tottenham this weekend and their biggest quality comes in the moment they lose the ball. They press high up the pitch and do it as a compact team so they can win it back in situations that create chances for them. If they win it off your defenders, it can be very dangerous.

But we have already played teams like this because it is a tactic for many managers. It was the same against Arsenal. When they are on top, they also have small, quick, sharp players who can hurt you when winning the ball back that's what they did so well when beating Manchester United.

When we get the ball, the first pass has to be safe. That player doesn't have to think about a key pass or beating someone. They won't have a good picture of the pitch in front of them because Tottenham players will close them down fast. …

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