Flexible Spurs can flourish in any formation, says Rose
Danny Rose has revealed Tottenham's players only discovered their new formation two hours before they thrashed Hull 3-0 on Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino started with three at the back for only the second time this season as Spurs adopted a 3-4-2-1 at White Hart Lane, with Christian Eriksen in central midfield.
Eriksen thrived on the extra responsibility by scoring twice and setting up the third, his free-kick cannoning back off a post for Victor Wanyama to finish.
The other notable beneficiaries were Rose and Kyle Walker, the pair tormenting Hull down the flanks and repaying the manager's faith with assists for both Eriksen goals.
"Everything is down to the manager, we had no idea until a couple of hours before the game," Rose said. "We know what's wanted from whatever formation we play. I feel everyone did well.
"We only knew when we went to the training ground at about 5pm. We haven't worked on it or anything but we've done well.
"Whatever formation we play everyone knows their job and what's asked from them."
After a difficult few weeks, Tottenham are showing signs of a return to form and can capitalise on a kind Christmas period that includes fixtures against Burnley on Sunday, Southampton and Watford.
Spurs are 10 points adrift of Chelsea but they have four points more than they did at this stage last year, when they won eight of their next 10 matches to launch a surprise title challenge.
"It's fair to say we're probably still in third gear compared to last season," Rose said.
"Hopefully once the New Year comes we can push on. We had a good December and January last season and we're looking to do that again.
"I don't see why we're not still in the title race. It's a good position we're in. Man City or Arsenal are going to drop points at the weekend (they play each other) and hopefully we can capitalise on that.