Welcome back for the next chapter of our Tottenham youth development Football Manager 2017 career.
Tottenham Hotspur – A Youth Project
The First Team
After my first day as spurs manager I didn’t really need to change much. They already had an established setup within the club. I looked at the first team and wondered to myself what formation I should and could utilise here. The tactic was chosen for me as I had promised the chairman Daniel Levy that I would get the team playing an attacking style of football. A 4-2-3-1 formation was the preferred one from previous regimes. However, I wanted to put my stamp on this spurs side and take it in a different direction. I decided that the team would benefit from playing a 3-4-3 formation utilising the wingbacks and attacking midfielders.
As discussed with Daniel Levy; the chairman. The team will be playing an attacking style of football. The team will be playing at a higher tempo than most and will time-waste occasionally as well as have a balanced width across the pitch. We will play with a normal defensive line and won’t use the offside trap at all. Closing down will be a main focus in this tactic as well as tackling firm but fair by staying on our feet and not diving in. We will focus to pass into and exploit the space in between the opposition with a mixed pass directness. Once in the final third we will look to overlap and work the ball into the box to not rush and squander our chances. We will utilise whipped and low crosses into the box for effectiveness.
Our preseason overall was quite successful. We played a variety of teams, giving everybody within the first team squad a couple of matches to get their fitness levels up. We first came up against 1. FC Union away in Germany which we won 2-0. We then went on a tour of America where we played Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders of which we beat 1-0 and 3-1 respectively. Our most reputable friendly came against Olympique de Marseille away from home which we drew 1-1. We played a local team in Hadley Wood & Wingate who we beat 4-0 and finally we played affiliate club Internacional of Brazil and lost 2-1 unfortunately.
Our expectations for this season are high. We are expected to be in the final of the FA cup. We are also expected to get into the knockout stages of the Champions League. The board do not care about the EFL cup as they don’t consider it an important trophy, however I will be trying to win that competition. We are only expected to finish inside the top 6 places in the Premier League. This would give us at minimum a Europe League place for next season. It goes without saying I will be aiming to win the Premier League and if that is not viable I will accept no lower than a top 4 finish. The media have predicted that we will finish in 6th place unless we strengthen the squad dramatically.
Thank you for dropping into this part of the Tottenham Hotspur project. I hope you enjoyed it! Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on how you think the save is going. Next time, in the third instalment of the adventure with Tottenham we will see what transfers the club has made as well as any league or cup progress we have made. See you next time.