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FA Cup: Big Tactical Decision for Pochettino Ahead Tottenham v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (2nd L) jumps to score his and Totenham's second goal with this header during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane in London, on January 4, 2017. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
FA Cup: Big Tactical Decision for Pochettino Ahead Tottenham v Chelsea

Winning seven games on the spin, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur enter the weekend in fine form ahead of their titanic FA Cup semifinal clash against league leaders Chelsea. Their latest result being a 4-0 win against Bournemouth at home.

While they are flying high at the moment, Pochettino will have to make a decision as to how his team will line-up against The Blues and their 3-4-3 formation implemented by Manager Antonio Conte.

 

Since Victor Wanyama went down with an injury against Burnley at Turf Moor (He has now since returned), Pochettino changed his formation to a 4-2-3-1 and slotted English international Eric Dier back into midfield alongside Mousa Dembele. They’ve beaten teams to the tune of 2-0, 3-1, 4-0, and 4-0.

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While the goals have been flowing, will Pochettino stick with a back four? Or will he implement three at the back to match up with Chelsea man for man?

His decision will depend on how he will use his ace in the hole, Heung-Min Son.

 

While Dele Alli has taken most of the plaudits with his performances after Harry Kane‘s injury, it is the South Korean who has stepped up his performance.

The South Korean has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season and 19 goals in all competitions. In his last six games, he’s scored 8 goals and two assists, including the game winner against Swansea and world-class finishes against Watford. Simply put, he’s all but cemented himself in the starting XI.

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While he is in the form of his life, Pochettino will have to make a big decision as to how he will line-up his team at Wembley. It’s tempting to stick with the formation that has brought recent success. If Poch sticks with a back four, Son will have earned his place on the left wing, but if Poch reverts his team to a back three to match-up against Chelsea man for man that brought them a huge win at White Hart Lane, Son will have to make way to accommodate Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli as the two No. 10’s behind Harry Kane.

While Son could feel hard done if Poch changes his formation in such a big game, the super sub role could work well in his favor later on in the game. His direct play, pace, and ability to score with both feet are something Chelsea will have to worry about.

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Either way, Son is going to have a huge say if Spurs are to win at Wembley April 22.

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