Popular pundit Jamie O’Hara has questioned Antonio Conte’s team selection and approach against Arsenal in the North London derby at the weekend.
The Gunners picked up a comprehensive 3-1 victory to climb to the top of the table and O’Hara believes that Spurs were too reactive with their approach.
When Antonio Conte was first appointed as the club’s manager, his team were relentless with their pressing but they decided to sit back and absorb the pressure against Arsenal and that backfired massively.
Furthermore, O’Hara also questioned Conte’s decision to use the Croatian international Ivan Perisic as his left wing-back.
Perisic struggled to deal with the pace and intensity of the Arsenal attackers and O’Hara claims that Ryan Sessegnon should have started as a left-sided wing-back against the Gunners.
The popular pundit also explained how Tottenham were outnumbered in the midfield and Conte should have opted for a midfield three in order to have more bodies in the middle and control the tempo of the game.
“Today and the last few weeks we are getting deeper and deeper. Like go and press. When Conte first come in the whole thing was press, press, press and go after it,” O’Hara said to Talksport.
“I think Conte got it wrong today. I think Sessegnon should have started, I’m not convinced with Perisic and I think we should play three in midfield, I think that’s what we need to start doing.”
There were a number of poor performances across the pitch for Spurs, especially the likes of Hugo Lloris and Emerson Royal disappointing in the derby game. Conte will undoubtedly demand a strong reaction from his players in their next outing and it remains to be seen whether Tottenham can bounce back with a big win.