Spurs are something of a revelation in the modern Premier League.
They have dragged themselves into the top bracket of teams without the influence of major foreign money, instead relying on savvy transfer signings and the development of young prospects.
However, the golden generation of Spurs players is yet to bring home a trophy despite ample opportunity.
They were the top six club chasing down Leicester the hardest during *that* remarkable campaign, and then made it to the Champions League final last season only to fall short.
Can you build on Pochettino’s hard work in your FIFA 20 Spurs Career Mode? RealSport is here to guide you to the promised land in FIFA 20.
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Tottenham have a five star rating, with a strong 86 attack and a well-balanced 83 midfield and 83 defence.
Tottenham’s default formation is a 4-2-3-1 Wide, and you should stick with this on FIFA 20.
This works well with their current squad, but you might want to consider a 4-2-3-1 Narrow, or the 4-2-2-2 as Spurs lack true wingers.
The difficulty you will have is trying to get both Christian Eriksen (OVR 88) and Dele Alli (OVR 83) into the team without it making you too narrow or unbalanced without the ball.
An effective way of playing would be to stick with the default formation and put Dele Alli into the CM role alongside Moussa Sissoko and use the left-footed Erik Lamela on the left wing so you can pepper balls into the box and play with some real width.
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In the 4-2-3-1 you should have Hugo Lloris in goal, with a back four of Serge Aurier, the experienced centre back duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with Danny Rose at left back.
Moussa Sissoko (91 stamina) and Dele Alli (83 short pass) can hold down the central midfield, with and attacking three of Heung Min Son (88 pace), Christian Eriksen (91 short pass), and Erik Lamela (84 dribbling) supporting the lone-striker Harry Kane (94 finishing).
Your bench should consist of Paulo Gazzaniga (OVR 76), Ben Davies (OVR 79), Davinson Sanchez (OVR 83), Eric Dier (OVR 79), Tanguy Ndombele (OVR 81), Giovani Lo Celso (OVR 83), and Lucas Moura (OVR 83).
Tactics and instructions
Offensively, you should use the possession tactic with Spurs. They have a team full of players comfortable on the ball and lack the overall pace required to play fast build up.
Defensively you can play press after possession loss thanks to the high defensive work rate of both Eriksen and Alli. With a deep subs bench, you can flip to constant pressure if you need to.
If you find yourself trailing then bringing on Lucas Moura (92 pace) and Giovani Lo Celso (85 dribbling) as attacking subs is your best way to go. While replacing Dele Alli with Eric Dier (80 defending) is a smart way to protect a lead.
For your instructions, you’ll want to try and keep the connection to Kane strong and use Christian Eriksen as the link. His defensive support should be set to basic defence support so he isn’t always tracking back, while his positioning freedom should be set to free roam so he can take advantage of space.
In the same vein, Heung Min Son should be set to stay forward so you can use his pace on the counter-attack and ensure Kane isn’t isolated when you win the ball back.
Against bigger teams you will need to compromise a little, and set Eriksen’s defensive support to come back on defence so that you have more numbers behind the ball.
When you expect to dominate a game or are in need of a goal make sure you set your full backs attacking runs to join the attack. Their run type will depend a little on if you like to cut in with your wingers or stay wide, but the classing overlap is always a good option to have.
Your focus in training should be on high growth players which are indicated by the green symbol in the training section of Career Mode. These players tend to be younger and have strong potentials.
Spurs have a number of promising young players you can choose from here and there are first team players that will benefit from a focus in training.
The likes of Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Ryan Sessegnon, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Tanguy Ndombele should be getting regular training drills.
The Transfer Market
Starting transfer budget: £68.2 million
Starting wage budget: £586,000 a week
Who should go
Spurs don’t have a particularly deep squad that contains deadwood to trim, however there are one or two players you can wave goodbye to without missing that much.
Victor Wanyama is at the bottom of a deep central midfield group, and the 28-year-old is not going to get more valuable if you wait to move him. The defensive midfielder is valued at £8 million and you’ll recoup his £65,000 a week wages.
Youngsters Timothy Eyoma and Tariq Hinds may yet make some impact in the Spurs team, but FIFA doesn’t give them particularly high potentials so you can add another £1 million and clear £10,000 a week by dropping those two.
Tottenham’s busy fixture list includes the Champions League and both domestic cups, so you shouldn’t be too eager to send players out on loan. However, there are a few young guns that will benefit from more playing time.
17-year-old striker Troy Parrott (OVR 64 – POT 85), CDM Oliver Skipp (OVR 67 – POT 84), and teenager Tashan Oakley-Boothe (OVR 63 – POT 81) would all gain from a loan spell without weakening the squad too much.
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