‘Outstanding’ – Conor Coady heaps praise on Leeds United duo after Tottenham Hotspur defeat

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Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Conor Coady heaped praise on Leeds United for their man-to-man approach despite falling to a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur

The Whites dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead after Dan James poked home from Jack Harrison’s terrific low cross.

However, Spurs turned the game on its head with two quick-fire goals from Pierre Emile-Hojberg and Sergio Reguilon condemned Leeds to first Premier League defeat in four matches.

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The result leaves Marcelo Bielsa’s side just above the relegation zone, but Coady was quick to point out about how Leeds dealt with Tottenham’s threat during the first-half.

Kalvin Phillips dropped into a three-man defence alongside Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper, while Pascal Struijk sat in front of the back-line with Adam Forshaw.

Coady, who featured for Wolves during their 1-1 draw with the Whites in October, revealed how Leeds managed to nulify Harry Kane and Heung min-Son, who struggled throughout the game.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said: “That’s how Leeds want to play and that’s how they do things (man-to-man marking). I think the way Llorente got ultra tight to Son, we all know what a world-class player he is and how big he is to Spurs, but Llorente got across to him well.

“Everybody went man-to-man, they’re not scared to leave space and the centre-halves were brave enough to go and jump in. I thought Kalvin [Phillips] was outstanding, especially first-half he was brilliant with Kane up top.

“But I thought Llorente was a big, big part of it with how aggressive he was with Son. He was always behind him and always close enough to him to put him under pressure. It was a huge part of his game and his timing was lovely.

“They’re a very positive side and a good one to watch. I think it’s a big part of how they plan with the man-to-man style, they do it successfully and it’s how they’re coached.

“They must do it on a day-to-day basis because believe me I’ve played against them a few times now and it’s hard. But if I had my two outside centre-halves crossing over I would be going crazy.”

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