Peter Crouch claims Antonio Conte is using Stoke City's tactics for Tottenham

Peter Crouch believes Antonio Conte’s tactics at Tottenham are the same as what he experienced during his time at Stoke City.

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Spurs suffered their first defeat in the Premier League this season on Saturday as they were beaten 3-1 by their north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham had plenty of first-half chances on the counter attack but Crouch feels Conte set up his team to defend too deep against Mikel Arteta’s side.

‘I’ve played this way at Stoke,’ Crouch said during his analysis for BT Sport.

‘Tottenham have got enough players to not play this way, I think they can be a little bit more expansive.

‘But if you do play this way, you’ve got to get out to people, you’ve got to get out to the ball, it’s got to be more progressive, it’s got to be with more aggression.’

Tottenham suffered further frustration on Tuesday evening as they laboured to a goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League.

The result has left Spurs second in Group D on three points after three games, while Sporting are top of the group with one more point.

Speaking after his side’s draw in Germany, Conte admitted Spurs could struggle with what he believes is a small squad.

‘I think we did a great achievement for the club to play in the Champions League. We finished the season with only 12 or 13 players,’ said Conte.

‘I always say that maybe we were lucky to be able to face only two competitions. I think if I say now we have to take steps and have patience. If you compare Champions League with Europa League or Conference League, it’s completely different. You have to play with your strongest team and it makes it difficult to more changes. I spoke about the transfer market and we know we need more windows.

‘Today I made a substitution and I brought in [Bryan] Gil and he’s a young player. We have to try involve all the players. We have to become stronger as a squad. If we have the ambition and intention to play for these two big competitions, Premier League and Champions League, and you lost a lot of energy and players to injuries, you need a really, really big squad.’

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