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Jamie Redknapp lauds Antonio Conte for specific tactical masterclass in Tottenham win, as one concern highlighted

Antonio Conte, October 2022

Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on Tottenham boss Antonio Conte for changing the game against Everton by making one tactical alteration.

Tottenham fought hard to beat Everton 2-0 at home on Saturday evening. They came up against a stubborn Everton side but managed to score twice in the second half to pick up their seventh league win of the Premier League campaign.

Demarai Gray and Amadou Onana both had good chances for Everton in the first half. However, they both put their efforts over the bar after going through on goal.

And Tottenham made Everton pay for these missed opportunities after the break.

Harry Kane won a penalty from Jordan Pickford after the Toffees goalkeeper had failed to deal with a Matt Doherty shot.

Pickford made slight contact with Kane at the rebound and this forced the referee to point to the spot.

Kane stepped up and beat his England team-mate with a powerful penalty, even though Pickford went the right way.

And Spurs went 2-0 up in the 86th minute when Kane sent Rodrigo Bentancur off down the right flank. He picked out midfield partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who took his time before sending a shot into the net with the help of an Alex Iwobi deflection.

Spurs completed the 2-0 victory to make it 23 points from 10 league games so far. They are level on points with Manchester City and one behind rivals Arsenal, though both of those sides play tomorrow.

Jamie Redknapp hails Antonio Conte change

When analysing the match for Sky Sports, Redknapp and injured Everton player Andros Townsend praised Conte for one of his decisions.

When Richarlison picked up an injury in the 52nd minute, Conte chose to change his 3-4-3 system to a 3-5-2 and bring on central midfielder Yves Bissouma.

This allowed the likes of Hojbjerg and Bentancur to get forward more often, and Redknapp lauded Conte for the substitution.

“Huge result. I think the manager deserves a lot of credit. [Conte] made a good substitution in a game that wasn’t really going anywhere,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports (15/10, at 19:36).

“He could have gone with Bryan Gil when he lost Richarlison, or [Lucas] Moura. He decided to thicken up the midfield, get an extra body in there [and] get the wing-backs up.

“When you play a 3-5-2 you have that extra man in the midfield. It was hard in the first half, they were getting outnumbered in there.”

Redknapp added: “What it boils down to is a goalkeeper making a really poor mistake. It’s a backpass, he’s got to save it. Once you go 1-0 down, Spurs are buzzing and there’s only really one winner. But the manager deserves a lot of credit.”

Everton player also praises Tottenham boss

Townsend, who was also on Sky Sports’ coverage of the match, added: “When he [Conte] took out the attacking player and brought in the extra midfielder, I was worried it would make a defensive team even more defensive. But it actually had the opposite effect.

“It allowed them to have the extra man in midfield, have more possession and get into the opposition half more as a team.”

While a 3-5-2 looks like it can be a successful formation for Spurs, it would leave Conte facing one serious issue. And Redknapp does have a concern about this.

“The only downside to this team is that if you were to persevere with it you’re gonna have to leave out two really good players,” the pundit said.

“Kulusevski and Richarlison want to play, Kane has to play. Richarlison, Kulusevski and Son are all fighting for one place. It’s more difficult.”

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are reportedly hoping to replace a Spurs-linked star with Everton man Yerry Mina.