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Andre impressed by pressing game

Posted on 17 December 2012  - 15:04

Andre Villas-Boas pinpointed the pressing game as key to Sunday's 1-0 victory against Swansea at the Lane.

Andre impressed by pressing game

The team's intent to pressurise Swansea in possession was clear from the first whistle and worked a treat. The visitors were afforded no time on the ball and therefore couldn't play their usual passing game.

The pressure also led to chances after winning the ball high up the pitch, especially in the first half, but we had to wait until the 75th minute for Jan Vertonghen to finally break the Swans' defensive resistance with the winner.

As Andre explained, the pressing game is tough physically - he described the team as 'tactically perfect'.

"The players had the desire to put Swansea under pressure throughout," said Andre.

"It’s difficult because it demands that you put yourself physically in profit for the team.

"You have to be aware because Swansea move the ball quickly, they don’t just lump it, they look to out-play you, to get in behind with their movement and the position of the ball.

"That makes it so difficult and that’s why the players were tactically perfect.

"We won the ball a few times and could have taken the lead earlier but it was a satisfying win and a tremendous effort from the players. In the end, they got their reward."