Ok, catchy, inaccurate title aside, we've been talking in the Hoddle and elsewhere a lot about tactics lately. We've gone back and forth about what other teams are doing, what's working, how we want Spurs to play, and what we want out of our new manager.
There have been a lot of trendy teams across Europe this year, all of whom are claimed to be supplanting the previous fashion of everyone copying Pep Guardiola-era Barcelona's tika-taka.
So how should Spurs approach things going forward? We all know the team needs to retain its commitment to attacking football, so I am sorry fans of Tony Pulis and Jose Mourinho, but I think that approach will not fly. But should we give totaalvoetbal a North London accent? Become a Klopp-klone? Go balls out for Bielsa-ball? Or do something else?
What does everyone like to see, and what do they want Spurs to become? I have rambled plenty about what I like tactically in other posts, but simply I want to see a side that presses aggressively without the ball, regardless of where they are on the pitch. I want to see fast transitions to attack (ideally no more than two touches), with a lot of fluid exchange of both the ball and position between a front three or four, anyone of whom can shoot, make the run into the box, or pass. I think we have a lot of players in the squad who can do this already, and think it can work. I am really not bothered about whether we have a high-line or a low-line. What we need is a line which is part of the overall plan, with clear communication and understanding of roles by everyone. That sounds really generic and wishy-washy, but my biggest current frustration is that when we don't have the ball, no one has any idea what the rest of the team is going to do. The midfield don't have roles which relate to what the defence does, and the wings and fullbacks do not communicate or work with each other.
I don't really have a name for that, as almost any system in theory can do that, but I want to see a clear plan, with desire and plenty of coordinated movement, both on and off the ball.
Now what do those considerably brighter than I feel?