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Spurs v Liverpool - key battle - Justin Edinburgh on Rose v Clyne

26 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

For each game this season, we'll pick out a 'key battle' and ask a legend or pundit (or both) to give their insight into how that match-up will play out and affect the match. This week, Justin Edinburgh talks us through the importance of the clash of two England internationals, Danny Rose v Nathaniel Clyne...

By sheer coincidence, a day after giving us his expert analysis, we were paired with Justin's Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup!

So we'll be seeing plenty more of our former left-back soon, in the meantime...

Justin Edinburgh

justin200x300276 appearances for Spurs, 1990-2000
FA Cup winner 1991, League Cup winner 1999
Currently manager of Gillingham


Justin Edinburgh: "First and foremost, you are looking to impose yourself on your opponent and to make sure you are pushing him back. That’s one thing Danny will certainly want to do. It’s an intriguing battle because they are England colleagues as well, so they will know each inside-out. They are both similar in stature, pace and in their play. They will both want to get the upper hand and send the other on the back foot. It could be key to this game."

Below: Rose and Clyne's heat maps from last season's clashes at the Lane (left) and Anfield - Rose on the left of the two graphics


Start imperative

Justin: "Danny will know that for more games than most this season, in this game, he will want to have a positive start because he knows what Clyne is capable of. The start is imperative in the way the game sets up."

Below: Rose and Clyne's passing maps from last season's matches at the Lane (left) and Anfield


Balancing it out

Justin: "The game is different now even to when I was playing. I would always come up against a winger in my era whereas now, you don’t necessarily have wingers. Rose v Clyne - they are both full-backs - but the modern-day a full-back is classed as a winger. You have to be careful not to over-commit and make sure you are not caught wanting in defensive responsibilities and leaving us exposed defensively. It’s a balance. The modern-day full-back is a defensive winger really and players who will have a high percentage of touches within the team."

Below: Danny in action against Palace last week


A game of chess

Justin: "You have to have game awareness in terms of positioning because a yard out the wrong way and you could end up isolating your centre-halves. You don’t want the gaps between you and the centre-halves to become too big because of the threat of forward runners that you would be expected to cover. That said, go too tight to the central defenders and one pass down the side can open you up and a cross could cost a goal. It’s intriguing, like a game of chess."

Below: Justin slides into Robbie Fowler, Liverpool v Spurs, 1996


Justin on management

Justin: "I certainly know what’s easier! It’s so much more difficult to control your emotions as a manager. You feel totally responsible for everything that happens on a matchday and in training whereas as a player, you can accept it more, you might play well in a defeat, so you can take that personal satisfaction even though of course you want to win. I’ve worn a few technical areas out! Having said all that, when a result does go well, the positives are fantastic and you feel so satisfied in what you have set out all week."

Below: Danny up against Clyne in his Southampton days, 2014-15


Danny's view

Danny Rose: "I played against Nathaniel a few times when he was at Southampton as well and he’s a terrific athlete, one of the fittest players I’ve come across in football and it’s going to be very difficult but it’s game we all enjoy. I’ll have to keep going for 95 minutes and try to think of ways to get past him. I’m sure he’ll do the same and I hope it will be a great battle."