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“We’re not close” – Tottenham boss Ange laughs off similarities between him and Mikel Arteta

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Tottenham boss Postecoglou dismisses similarities between himself and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Speaking ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s clash against Arsenal tomorrow (h/t football.london), Ange Postecoglou has dismissed claims of similarities between himself and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta but maintained his admiration for him.

It is that time of the year and football is set to witness one of its best rivalries. Yes, it’s time for the North London derby. A huge clash on paper that has failed to deliver in recent times, things feel different now.

Arsenal have been resurgent since the beginning of last season. They have been second best only to Manchester City in this period and not many teams fancy facing Mikel Arteta’s well-drilled side.

Any other time, Tottenham will be wary coming into this game and very honestly, dreading the worst. This time though, Spurs have been absolutely sensational this season and would fancy their changes against Arsenal.

Both teams have played 5 games in the Premier League this season, winning 4 and drawing one. Tottenham though, sit second in the table thanks to their superior goal difference while Arsenal are fourth.

Tottenham have outscored Arsenal in the league until now with 13 goals to nine, which would be a huge surprise to anyone who has followed this club and gotten bored of the pragmatic, mundane football under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

Tottenham boss Postecoglou dismisses similarities between himself and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.  (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Ange Postecoglou witty as ever in the press conference (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou has brought back positivity and happiness to the N17 supporters and the general feeling is so good. He has also been a fun presence in press conferences and today was no different when he was quizzed about similarities with Arteta

“No we’re not close. The football world’s a funny one.  In terms of similarities… I’m 58, he’s whatever. I’ve had 26 years, he’s five years into it. He’s managed in one country, I’ve managed in a few. I’m not sure how he’s got a great head of hair… He’s a lot fitter than I am. I don’t know mate, there’s not a lot of threads I can sort of join between us!”

It is a typical witty Ange answer that we are all growing accustomed to in recent months. Irrespective of the lack of similarities that the Australian might point out, one thing remains common between the two coaches – the penchant for playing attacking exciting football.

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What this means is that we have an exciting game on our hands tomorrow. Let’s hope it lives up to the billing.

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