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Eriksen on formation: 'We move around and create chances'

18 January 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Last week we heard from Kevin Wimmer on the defensive merits of playing three at the back – now we get Christian Eriksen’s take on the system from an attacking point of view.

Of course, the presence of a third centre-back in the starting XI has meant we’ve lined up with one less forward of late, but that certainly hasn’t had an effect on our goalscoring prowess.

In our last four matches in all competitions, we’ve netted 12 times and conceded only once, with Christian an eye-catching influence as one of two players supporting Harry Kane up front.

Assessing the system, one of a handful of formations Mauricio Pochettino has employed this season, the Danish international says it’s important to retain our fluidity going forward, whichever shape we’re playing.

“At the moment it’s definitely working,” he said. “Of course, we’re in a position with the players where we can always change but it’s never really staying in the same position – the starting position is in 3-4-2-1 or whatever you want to call it but we move around and that gives us a lot of opportunities to play forward, either playing to the guy next to you or playing it wide where we have a lot of space.

“I think you just feel a bit more controlled when you have three at the back as well. When you move the ball quickly you have space to move it forward and if you take a good decision, which we did on Saturday a few times, then you create a lot of chances.”

So how does Christian see his own need to defend with greater numbers of personnel at the back?

“Of course, you always have defensive responsibilities, even if you play four at the back,” he said. “I think it’s not much different (with three), just in the back of your head you know you can take a few more chances because you know there are a few more players behind you.

“Obviously you have less players to play through when you look forward but when you move well, which we did again at the weekend, then you create a lot of chances.”