Spurs played Hull for the third time this season and despite only coming away with a 1-1 draw from the KC Stadium, Tigers’ manager Steve Bruce was impressed by Tottenham’s attacking intent. The reverse fixture produced an attritional 1-0 win thanks to a Roberto Soldado penalty while the Capital One Cup tie at White Hart Lane went to a shoot out after a 2-2 draw.
Taking those three matches into account, Bruce spotted a very different Spurs side under Tim Sherwood.
“They are a totally, totally different team to what we played in the Cup and in the League under AVB.
“Certainly AVB wouldn’t have played like that – two up top. I thought they played four up top really.
“They played the two strikers, they played Lennon high and Eriksen off the front. So Tim’s philosophy is: ‘We’re going to come here and beat you.”
However, Bruce wouldn’t be drawn on whether we were a better team following the change in the dugout.
“Whether they are a better team? I haven’t seen enough of them. I just know they are different.
“Adebayor has got a spark and when he is playing like he is at the moment, I don’t think there is a better number nine so he is a handful, he heads it, he links the play, he can move and the way that they play is totally different.
“Whether they are better, that’s not for me to say,” he concluded.