Tottenham's attacking prowess, why fans should expect more goals from defenders

Both scores in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Burnley came from the back-line, and that shouldn't be surprising given the instructions those players have received from their manager.
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

'Ange-ball' is a notoriously high-lined, attacking breed of footballing tactics which Tottenham's manager has devised over decades of experience in the professional game.

This season, that's helped The Lilywhites capitalize on players' offensive abilities, and from all corners and sides of the pitch.

In Tottenham's latest fixture, a 2-1 victory over Burnley, that reality remained true as Pedro Porro and Micky van de Ven, two of Spurs' starting defenders, managed to find the back of the net.

Porro has ten goal contributions this season alone (Transfermarkt). Van de Ven has three (Transfermarkt), while Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie each have five respectively.

With that many goals coming from the players who are meant to stop them, it's no wonder the media have been enthralled with the style of play.

Speaking with the press, Postecoglou recently touched on this pattern of performance.

"That's part of our evolution, and the great thing for us, especially in this tough spell, is that I see how players react to it... probably because of the nature of where we are as a team at the moment it's been the defenders - and not just the center-halves, Pedro scored an unbelievable goal at the weekend," Ange stated.

"I've loved seeing that, I've loved seeing the growth of guys like Micky and Romero and others, who we would never see unless we went through tough times and I think that's important," Postecoglou added.

At the weekend, it certainly was difficult for attackers to connect on the end of the countless crosses Spurs poured into the Burnley box. If it weren't for the late heroics of VDV, the result could have been much different.

As Ange and co. prepare to take on Manchester City, they'll certainly need all of the goal scoring prowess they can find, no matter where it comes from.