Reason #2: Space to exploit
The second reason is the fact that while Spurs’ new front-foot philosophy under Postecoglou has made them a more potent attacking side, it also means that they leave more space for the opposition to exploit in relation to previous seasons.
As per FBREF, Tottenham has so far recorded an expected goals-against figure of 1.38 per 90 minutes, compared to a figure of 1.31 in the 2022/23 campaign. While those figures do not seem all that far apart, and in truth, they aren’t, however, it is also worth noting that Spurs have so far faced primarily weak opposition, and therefore, a stronger team, such as Arsenal, may exploit their increased defensive vulnerability more effectively.
The Gunners’ attack finally clicked into gear against PSV, and Saka and co could be primed for an excellent display in the match.
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