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Alasdair Gold reveals Postecoglou fury at Tottenham’s loss to Barcelona

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Alasdair Gold says Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou was unhappy in the Barcelona defeat

In what was expected to be a vital pre-season test, Tottenham Hotspur faced a stumble in their journey as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against the formidable Barcelona.

This encounter served as their final tune-up match before the commencement of the competitive season, and it’s safe to say that both the fans and the coaching staff were left with mixed feelings after witnessing the ups and downs of the game.

A roller-coaster of emotions ensued at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as the Lilywhites initially seized control with a 2-1 lead, only to witness a late surge by the Spanish giants that changed the complexion of the match.

The script began with Robert Lewandowski’s artful goal for Barcelona, demonstrating his clinical prowess and reminding everyone why he is hailed as one of the world’s most lethal forwards.

However, Tottenham showcased their resilience and determination as they swiftly overturned the deficit with a quickfire brace from the homegrown talent, Oliver Skipp. The young midfielder’s goals radiated promise, providing a glimpse into a future where he could be a pivotal figure for both club and country.

As the game unfolded, the narrative took an unexpected twist. Ferran Torres had other ideas, levelling the playing field for Barcelona in the 81st minute. Ansu Fati and Abde Ezzalzouli emerged as the game’s late heroes for Barcelona, netting goals during stoppage time that sealed the deal for the visiting side.

Alasdair Gold says Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou was unhappy in the Barcelona defeat.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Australian head coach Ange Postecoglou. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)

Unfolding alongside the game was a subtext of Ange Postecoglou‘s emotions on the touchline, meticulously observed and detailed by the insightful Alasdair Gold (h/t Football. London)

“There was one moment in the first half where Postecoglou was visibly frustrated with his team’s play. After Vicario had pumped the ball forward and Richarlison’s header on gifted possession back to the hosts. Far from the way he wants his team to play football, the Australian did not seem impressed at all”

On a more positive note, there were moments that Postecoglou would have undoubtedly relished. The way Tottenham meticulously built their play from the back, utilising Ivan Perisic’s inventive pass and Sergio Reguilon’s penetrating run, was a testament to the team’s growth under the Australian’s guidance.

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In the grand scheme of things, the defeat against Barcelona served as a poignant reminder that the journey toward transformation is not linear. As long as there is progress, we will reach our destination eventually.

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