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Tottenham must stop the threat of Emiliano Buendia on Saturday

Norwich have struggled this season but Tottenham must not be casual in their approach as Daniel Farke’s side has the players to punish them if errors are made.

On the chalkboard

It would be typical of Spurs’ season if they slipped up against Norwich due to their own sloppiness, as inconsistency has been the theme of their campaign so far.

Getting back to winning ways against Brighton was important and they displayed good character to earn the victory without playing well, but they must back that up with another three points.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli scoring of late will boost the team but Jose Mourinho will also be determined for the improved defence to maintain its recent record, and that means stopping Teemu Pukki and Emiliano Buendia.

Both are integral to the Canaries going forward and offer a varied threat in their own way, but the latter is a particularly tricky customer to deal with, and could therefore cause problems for Harry Winks and Eric Dier, with the latter likely replacing Moussa Sissoko.

Containing the threat

Norwich have managed just three wins all season but they shouldn’t be underestimated, as their free-flowing style is capable of cutting open most teams in the division, with Pukki more than capable of finding the target in tricky circumstances.

Buendia is the man who pulls all the strings, however, and he has been vastly underrated this season.

An average of 2.9 key passes and 3.2 successful dribbles per game show how much of a handful he is, as they allow him to create a number of options in and around the final third – which makes Norwich difficult to predict.

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To put that into perspective, he ranks in the top five players in dribbles and key passes, an achievement not matched by any other player in the league, and that means the likes of Winks and Dier could have a problem.

Mourinho failed to deal with a similar problem in Willian just last week, and the playmaker punished his side with two goals. That was because they gave the attacking midfielder far too much freedom.

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Instructing his midfield pair to keep a tight grasp on the Argentine is the way to go, as although Winks and Dier have averaged only 1.4 and one tackles per game respectively, they can still restrict the space available to Buendia, and with it his influence on the game.

If Spurs manage that then they should provide enough in attack to win the game, and victory could be crucial in the race for the top four.

Moussa Sissoko may have played over Dier but he is suspended for the match, something which has pleased some Spurs fans.

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