Talking in his Sky Sports activities column, Paul Merson says he could be “shocked” if Tottenham got here out on high towards Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby, resulting from Ange Postecoglou’s reliance on taking part in attacking soccer.
The Gunners and Spurs go into the mouth-watering match – reside on Sky Sports activities with kick-off at 2pm – stage on factors within the league after each side picked up 4 wins and a draw from their opening video games.
Tottenham have put Harry Kane’s summer time departure to Bayern Munich behind them, with Postecoglou’s enticing type of play given the nickname “Angeball” because the begin of the season.
Nevertheless, Sky Sports activities pundit Merson believes the Australian coach’s ways are set to be blown aside by final season’s Premier League runners-up.
Learn beneath for the Magic Man’s evaluation forward of the north London derby…
It is a large check for Tottenham – it is not a giant check for Arsenal, is it? All people goes mad about Tottenham, however they’ve solely actually performed Manchester United at house to this point this season.
One staff has been doing it for the final yr and a half, whereas this Spurs one is simply getting it collectively. Arsenal proved themselves final season by almost taking the most effective staff on the earth all the way in which over 38 video games.
Sunday is all about how Tottenham strategy it and I do not know if Ange Postecoglou will change his recreation. Chatting with Celtic followers, he will not – he performs the identical soccer in every single place he has gone.
If he does not, it’s going to open the sport up. And if you happen to go toe-to-toe towards Arsenal, there’s just one winner. Due to the way in which they cross the ball and transfer between the strains, I do not know if Spurs might reside with Arsenal. They’ll get blown away.
In the event that they go counter-attacking, it is a totally different recreation. However I do not assume this supervisor goes to try this. So I’d be shocked if Tottenham received this soccer match, I’d be amazed.
And I am not saying it is a free hit for Spurs. Their followers is not going to need to be coming away from there after getting beat. Those that assume it is a free hit have by no means performed on this recreation earlier than, or aren’t Arsenal or Tottenham followers.
Spurs cannot have the angle of ‘it is Arsenal, the second finest staff within the nation to la di da’. No. Tottenham must go in there on Sunday and may’t play any higher.
Neville: North London derby my favorite fixture
In the meantime, Sky Sports activities pundit Gary Neville has branded the north London derby as his most pleasing fixture because of the “electrical energy” between the 2 sides.
“I am unable to await this north London derby,” he informed the Gary Neville Podcast. “Since I’ve joined Sky Sports activities, I’ve finished Merseyside derbies and Manchester derbies and we have had some improbable video games in each.
“Nevertheless, the sport that has been the one which I’ve generally loved essentially the most is the north London derby, particularly when it comes to the electrical energy within the recreation. Among the video games have been magnificent and there have been objectives.
“I am actually wanting ahead to subsequent weekend. It needs to be an immense recreation.”
Neville additionally says it’s too early to evaluate ‘Angeball’, with January a greater time to evaluate how far Postecoglou has improved this Tottenham staff.
“After we went to observe Tottenham vs Man Utd a number of weeks in the past, I mentioned the Spurs followers had been going to have a whole lot of enjoyable this season,” Neville added.
“It is actually vital that your staff has that cohesion with the supervisor and the sensation that he belongs there.
“There is no such thing as a doubt with Ange Postecoglou that they imagine it is a good man, a person that speaks up in interviews and has an honesty about him. He performs good soccer, he takes dangers and that’s actually vital for Spurs followers.
“Keep in mind, they’ve misplaced Harry Kane. At this second in time, it’s completely improbable what is going on at Spurs. Nevertheless, we might want to overview it in January.
“I am positive that’s what the Tottenham teaching workers will likely be considering. It is very early within the season, it is not a time to get carried away, it is a staff to maintain working and subsequent weekend is a showcase recreation for them and Arsenal.”
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