That was my first thought when reading some of the stuff written on here. Any good coach would teach you to split the attackers when faced with a 2 v 1 situation, & not commit yourself until you need to. Spurs were always going to get an opportunity to score from that situation on Sunday, but by doing what he did, VVD made sure that Sissoko had to get past him, & then the keeper, if he wanted to score. Had he gone for the ball, then the simple pass inside was on, leaving the other Spurs player with just the goalkeeper to beat. He played the percentages game. It was textbook defending.