Glenn Hoddle has said that the attacking impact of full-back Serge Aurier is one “big change” he has seen that Jose Mourinho has implemented to improve Tottenham’s performances.
Having endured a poor start to the season under Mauricio Pochettino, Mourinho has come in in impressive style and despite shipping four goals in his first two games, Spurs have scored seven in that time – including four in Tuesday’s comeback win over Olympiacos.
One of those goals came from Ivory Coast international Aurier, who came up with a fine finish into the corner and speaking on BT Sport, Hoddle explained how his attacking impact is part of a bigger change implemented by Mourinho.
“We analysed [Aurier] before the game, how forward he was against West Ham. It’s quite a lopsided back three, with Rose or Davies on the left hand side, but Aurier is allowed to really get himself high up the pitch,” the pundit said.
“I’ve seen a big change. Not just individually but the way they are playing, they are holding the left-side back, whoever it is either Davies or Rose, he’s playing like a left-sided centre-back and Aurier is going forward.
“They are going direct, they are going to play in the opponent’s half. Maybe when it’s all settled down and he gets to know all the players better, he might see a bit more expansive.”
Tottenham return to Premier League action this weekend with a Premier League clash against Bournemouth.