Ange Postecoglou talks about his time at Tottenham Hotspur
Ange Postecoglou, Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach, has been unyielding in his commitment to his attacking approach, despite recent challenges.
Drawing parallels with the early days of Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, Postecoglou remains steadfast in his philosophy, undeterred by three consecutive defeats and a growing list of absentees.
This resilience is especially noteworthy as Tottenham prepares to face Manchester City without key defensive players. The Australian coach’s unwavering belief in his strategy is evident. He acknowledges the doubts and questions from both players and observers but firmly holds that adhering to their style of play is crucial for Tottenham’s long-term success.
This approach, he argues, is not just about having a distinct identity on the pitch but also involves getting the right people in place, investing in the squad, and consistently adhering to the plan through difficult periods.
For Ange Postecoglou, these trials are not just hurdles but opportunities to prove the viability of his methods and to grow stronger as a team. It takes some commitment to stick to an approach in times of adversity.
Speaking about the challenging start to life at Spurs, here is what Postecoglou had to say as quoted by BeiN Sports
“I think I enjoy it after when you come out the other side! Nah, I love it, mate. I love it. I don’t think anyone goes into management, or anything you do in life, thinking it’s going to be smooth.
“There’s going to be some rough moments and you’ve got to be prepared for that, you’ve got to enjoy that. The alternative is I’m not in a job and I’m sitting on my couch with no pressure on me and no one questioning anything.”
“I’m at a fantastic football club, I’m in the best league in the world, getting challenged every week. Why wouldn’t I be enjoying it? The reason I think I really relish them is because my belief gets tested on a daily basis, whether internally or externally. “
“Even internally people will always ask those questions, ‘can you do this? Are you able to continue playing this way?’ or ‘is it working or is it not working?’ All those kind of things.”
Having encountered difficult periods in his previous stints with Celtic and Yokohama, Postecoglou is no stranger to adversity. He views these challenges as an integral part of management and believes in embracing them.
Spurs have come leaps and bounds under Postecoglou and this is just the start of something very special. With time, we will get to know if the Australian’s methods are foolproof for the Premier League.
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It is important to remember that even Pep did not have it easy in the league in his first season and look at him now. It’s all about patience and ‘trusting the process’ and let’s hope we do.