José Mourinho enjoyed a successful start to his reign as the successor to Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham when his new team won at West Ham. Elsewhere in London, Spurs’ rivals Arsenal again dropped points, this time against relegation-threatened Southampton. Further south, meanwhile, Leicester and Wolves secured excellent respective away wins at Brighton and Bournemouth. Here, the experts at The Coaches’ Voice reflect on the tactical stories that underpinned each game.
West Ham 2-3 Tottenham
Mourinho organised Tottenham into a 4-2-3-1 formation, but they adopted a back three during build-ups from deeper territory, to increase their attacking options. Serge Aurier advanced from right-back as Spurs instead played with a 3-2-4-1 (below); the double pivot provided by Eric Dier and Harry Winks protected their defence and encouraged penetrations in central areas around the single pivot of Declan Rice.