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Mean defence has Spurs in with a title shot

From Matthew Atkinson.
December 2020.

A softness in defence has long been a problem for Tottenham Hotspur, but a newfound edge at the back now has punters looking at Spurs as serious title contenders this season.

No Surprises to See Mourinho Impact

Those who have followed the managerial career of Jose Mourinho will not be surprised by the transformation seen in the Spurs defence this term. Mourinho's predecessor Mauricio Pochettino was seen as a hard act to follow, but Mourinho has been reminding everyone why he is one of the best in the business.

Punters who like to consider the 'both teams not to score' or the 'to win to nil' markets, will have been keeping tabs on Spurs as they have settled into their rhythm in the Premier League this season. Tottenham conceded just nine goals in their first 11 games of the league campaign, while reigning English champions Liverpool conceded 17 after as many matches.

Spurs were able to shut out the likes of West Brom, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal in four consecutive league games. It has put the north London outfit right in the mix for the Premier League title, for which they are 5/1 with bet365 in the football betting.

Stars Buy into Mourinho Approach

It's clear to see the Tottenham players have bought into the way Mourinho has looked to play, with every man expected to do their defensive duties.


After a 2-0 victory in the north London derby against Arsenal, attackers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were both rightly praised for their goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, it was Mourinho who was quick to praise the defensive efforts from both players in the match, such is the value the manager places on the unseen work of his star players. It's this work ethic that has paid dividends and is why punters will see the value in keeping an eye on the prices for both teams not to score and Spurs to win games to nil this season.

Lloris Provides Solid Foundation

French World Cup winner Hugo Lloris has again been showing why he is one of the best in the Premier League with his efforts this season. The 33-year-old is one of the most senior players at the club, having joined Spurs all the way back in 2012 from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

While Lloris has had to deal with injury problems in the past, it now appears he has put those behind him and is thriving between the sticks this term. The signing of England goalkeeper Joe Hart may well have had an impact on Lloris and his displays for the Lilywhites this term. While Hart has not featured in the Premier League, a keeper of his quality in the squad can only create more competition for places. Lloris knows he can't afford to get comfortable and Mourinho will be delighted to see standards increased by competition for starting roles.

Of course, there have been false dawns for Spurs in the past, with the side seen as potential dark horses over a number of seasons. However, with Mourinho firmly settled into the club, there do appear to be signs that this really could be the season punters who back Spurs can reap the rewards.

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