Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has hailed the team’s defence after they shut out Manchester City last weekend.
Spurs are the first of 12 opponents to keep City scoreless this season and their defence, the joint-tightest in the league last term, looks set to be a major strength again.
Tottenham have now conceded only three times in their opening seven league matches.
The only team to boast a better record at this stage in the last six years were Southampton in 2013, managed at the time by now Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino.
“Last season we were already one of the best defences in the league so I think it’s one of our basics to be strong at the back,” Lloris said.
“It doesn’t mean we are a defensive team, we are the opposite. We try to have a lot of risk in our game, trying to play as high up as we can on the pitch, putting pressure, as we did especially in the first half against City. This is our football style.
“But we have the ability to play with different options, like we did in the second half, playing a bit deeper, waiting and counter-attacking.
“Football is always about spirit and team performance and this was the perfect example.”