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Spurs vs Everton - Tim's preview

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 7 February 2014  - 19:15

Tim Sherwood feels Sunday's encounter against Everton will be decided on 'personal battles'.

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It’s a key clash with the Toffees currently one place and one point above us in fifth in the Premier League. Liverpool, in fourth, are a further two points ahead.

Much has been made of Everton’s passing, possession style of play under new boss Roberto Martinez with key signings – the likes of Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku - all impressing.

“It’s been a change at Everton but the players seem to have picked it up and enjoy playing in a different system,” said Tim.

“Roberto Martinez has had a terrific start and it’s up to us to try and halt their charge.

“They like to keep the ball and we have to make sure when they try to penetrate us in the attacking third that we get the ball back off them.

“Liverpool did it very successfully (a 4-0 win) recently, they showed the way.

“I still maintain it’s about individual players, not systems, and if there is a technical mismatch between teams, you should adjust accordingly.

"But I don’t think we have to adjust to Everton, they won’t adjust to us and it will be down to whatever works on the day. If we win our personal battles, we’ll come out on top.”