Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou defiant about playing high line in the loss to Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur had a torrid time against Chelsea last night, losing 4-1 after going down to nine men, following the sending-offs of Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie but Ange Postecoglou still wanted his team to attack.
Even after the dismissals, Ange Postecoglou set his team up in a very high line looking to force the issue against Chelsea and try and turn an unfavourable situation into a favourable one. Well, he failed.
Generally, when teams go down to 10 men, they tend to sit deep and block everything that comes their way. Let’s not forget that Tottenham could have done that yesterday, especially considering the score was 1-1.
They could have looked for a way to get out of this game unbeaten. However, Ange is built differently. He does not seem to care about losing a game at the cost of his philosophy and he wanted his team to get the win.
Understandably, this has gotten him polarizing opinions from the footballing circle but the Tottenham manager has stood firm. In fact, he insists that this is how he will play each time the club are in such a situation
“It is just who we are mate, it is who we are and who we will be for as long as I am here. If we go down to five men we will have a go”
Some might look at this statement as a lack of adaptability to the situation but it is just who Ange Postecoglou is. He believes his teams have to play a certain way irrespective of the status of the game and that is what he does.
The 4-1 scoreline doesn’t do justice to the absolute shift Tottenham put out last night. There were some standout performers and most notorious on that list was Eric Dier who finally got a game under Postecoglou.
Considering Cristian Romero’s suspension and Micky van de Ven’s injury, Dier is going to see much more game time in the coming weeks and he will need to keep his levels up. This is a great chance for the English international.
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Let’s see how Postecoglou reacts to this loss. He would be desperate to get back to winning ways and we’ll see how we perform when we visit the Molineaux very soon.