Search

Chadli’s ready to show his best form at Spurs in Pochettino’s new system

22:36 25 August 2014

Nacer Chadli

Nacer Chadli

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nacer Chadli says his brace against QPR shows he is perfectly suited to Tottenham’s new system under Mauricio Pochettino, and that he will be able to produce his best form this season.

Nacer Chadli tries an overhead kick against QPRNacer Chadli tries an overhead kick against QPR

Like most of Spurs’ signings last summer, Chadli struggled to make an impact in his first season in England following his £7million move from FC Twente.

The Belgian was offered a loan spell at Swansea in January and it is thought that Tottenham have been willing to sell him this summer to trim their squad.

However, Chadli says he has been determined to stay and prove himself at Tottenham – and he made an immediate impact in his first Premier League start under Pochettino on Sunday, scoring from two crosses in the first 37 minutes against QPR.

“I came back from the World Cup and nobody said I had to go,” he said. “I want to take my chance, I don’t want to rush and go like this, I want to show people what I can do.

“Last season I struggled with injury at the start of the season, came back and physically I was down, so it became a very hard season and I was very disappointed with how it went. You have to go forward and now it’s a new chance for everybody.

“[Our style] is very different and I have never played this system before. But we have to learn it and it can help us improve. I think it’s a good system.

“We have Ade [Adebayor] at the top and then behind him we have me, Christian [Eriksen] and Erik [Lamela], who can change positions all the time. That makes it difficult for the opponents to choose which one of us to pick up. It becomes automatic and we’re trying to play like that.

“For me it’s better to come off the left wing and get into a central position when we have a cross because I can finish it off - or sometimes I can move out to the right. I think it’s good for me.

“We can also get the full-backs into forward wide positions, and it’s happening a lot with Danny Rose and [Eric] Dier. When the full-backs go high, there’s no point in me staying there, high on the wide side, so I have to go into the box. I’m tall and Ade’s tall and we try to make the difference.”

Chadli added: “For me it was important to play well and win the game [against QPR]. If I can score and make assists as well then that always good for attacking players.

“We have a lot of good attacking players with a lot of confidence. You have to make sure you keep playing well so you can stay in the team.”

Tottenham have enjoyed a dream start to life under Pochettino, winning their last four pre-season games and also emerging victorious in their first three competitive matches against West Ham, AEL Limassol and now QPR.

The Lilywhites are now set for a good test of how much they have already improved under Pochettino because, after hosting Limassol in the second leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday, they take on Liverpool at the Lane on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds won 5-0 in north London in December – ending Andre Villas-Boas’ tenure as Spurs boss – and they also thumped the Lilywhites 4-0 in the return fixture at Anfield in March.

Chadli said: “Liverpool showed last year they are a good team. I think we have something to make right against them.

“I played in both of those games, they were not the best parts of the season - but you have to learn from the experience. It was hard to lose like that because I had never lost like that, but hopefully everybody has learnt from it.

“We are confident and we showed that against QPR. We made it easier for ourselves by scoring early on, but after that we created a lot of chances and that was good.

“I think everybody knows what we have to do on the pitch and that’s also important. The manager says how we have to play and then it’s just a question of being tough physically because we know we have a lot of good players.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Tottenham Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Tottenham Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Tottenham Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Tottenham Sports News

Mauricio Pochettino says he might be interested in managing England one day – but his aim for the foreseeable future is to get Tottenham to the same level as Sunday’s opponents Manchester City.

Yesterday, 15:41

Goalkeeper Megen Lynch is expecting a physical battle when Spurs Ladies host C&K Basildon on Sunday and says her team-mates will have to earn the right to play the football that has taken them to the top of the league.

Yesterday, 12:00

Ex-Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand is tipping Marcus Edwards to be “the next big thing” at White Hart Lane, and possibly at international level too.

Yesterday, 09:00

Harry Winks believes Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy is ideally suited to his talents – and he is itching to get more opportunities to play alongside Tottenham’s internationals.

Breaking News

14:27

Mauricio Pochettino says he might be interested in managing England one day – but his aim for the foreseeable future is to get Tottenham to the same level as Sunday’s opponents Manchester City.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.