Tottenham’s Attacking Football Makes Opponents Fear White-Hot Lane

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Last night Tottenham Hotspur cemented their best start to a season since double-winning season of 1960/61, and they did it by playing the football their supporters crave.

The coruscating attacking football played by Tottenham in the first 25 minutes at White Hart Lane last night can rightly be considered as some of the best seen in England's top flight this season.

A tactical set-up featuring three central midfielders with complementing styles, and full-backs and wide-men encouraged to bomb on at every opportunity flabbergasted their shell-shocked opponents.

After five minutes, the statistics showed that Tottenham had 80% of the possession and it surprised nobody when a goal followed two minutes later.

The Tottenham midfield chased down the ball inside their own half before passing the ball wide left. One spurt of acceleration later and the ball zipped across the penalty area and was prodded into the opponents net.

And they didn't stop there. Playing musical football - the ball being manipulated in a brisk staccato style in their own half with a forceful approach when the halfway line was crossed - the Lillywhites had the baying crowd on their feet.

Despite conceding soon after, a direct result of the commitment to attacking football, and having to defend admirably in the second-half when a change of shape by the opposition allowed them to get a hold on the match, Spurs finished strongly and save for a wrongly waved offside flag, could've won the game.

On the balance of play, a draw was probably a fair result and it leaves Spurs in a great position entering the second-half of the season. Lying in third place with a game in hand on those around them, it is clear why older supporters are telling their younger counterparts about that great team of 1960/61.

Having scored 17 goals at home and 15 away, Spurs now have to be considered as genuine contenders for the title. Boasting two good players in every position and a strong footballing identity that harks back to the glory days, the performances so far this season guarantee that everyone connected with the club can enjoy the festivities and look forward to the next round of games with a genuine belief that this could be their year.

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