Jose Mourinho’s team selections have often come under fire from fans and pundits as a result, with Tottenham now preferring to remain compact and look for counter-attacking opportunities.
But previous games against the likes of Fulham and Crystal Palace saw Tottenham throw away their one-goal lead to end up drawing.
And Spurs have now played two consecutive games with five defenders at the back.
However, star man Harry Kane has leaped to Mourinho’s defence amid mounting criticism over his style, saying that it’s the players and not the tactician who choose to retreat to their own half after going ahead.
Kane told the BBC: “Fantastic performance from everyone today. We started really well, aggressive with our press and were clinical to go 2-0 up.
“Even the second half when they scored, we didn’t panic. Tanguy Ndombele scored a fantastic goal and we saw the game out well, which we haven’t done in the past few weeks.
“It’s never been the manager saying that [we should sit back], it’s been us on the pitch having a mentality where we want to drop and hold on to the win.
“The most important thing is us as players to go and take responsibility, and we did that today.
“The most important thing is winning games. Anyone who can put a good spell together [is in the title race].
“That’s why it has been disappointing and frustrating for us dropping points from winning positions.”
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