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“Going through a tough period” – Ange Postecoglou backs his style of play after Manchester City draw

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Ange Postecoglou backs his style of play after draw against Man City

After Tottenham Hotspur’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester City, manager Ange Postecoglou addressed the persistent criticism surrounding his commitment to a high defensive line style of play.

Despite recent setbacks and a challenging period marked by injuries, Postecoglou remained steadfast in his approach, emphasising the difficulties faced due to personnel constraints.

Coming into this game, Spurs were on the back of three back-to-back losses in the league to Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa. The manager was under a lot of criticism for sticking to his high defensive line even in the absence of his main centre-back pairing of Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven.

Spurs drew it out in a hard-fought 3-3 game against Manchester City.
Spurs drew it out in a hard-fought 3-3 game against Manchester City.

The other centre-halves did not match the pace ideally required for a high defensive line. However, that is what earned his team a hard-fought draw against arguably the strongest side in the league this season. Here is what Ange had to say about the same via the Evening Standard:

“We’re going through a tough period absolutely in terms of personnel, players playing in positions they’re not familiar with and at the same time me not wanting them to compromise on the team we want to be so it’s not easy.”

Despite the external pressures and calls for a tactical shift, Postecoglou chose to stick to the principles that yielded positive results in the initial ten games of the season, during which Tottenham remained unbeaten.

Kudos, Ange!

The commitment to an attacking and proactive style of play reflects not only the manager’s footballing philosophy but also his belief in the long-term vision for the team. This draw against Manchester City, securing a point in a high-scoring encounter, adds a layer of validation to Postecoglou’s persistence.

While critics questioned the viability of a high defensive line in the absence of key personnel, the team’s performance in the face of adversity showcases the manager’s resolve to stay true to his footballing principles.

Ange Postecoglou will surely be proud of his team's performance against Pep Guardiola's side.
Ange Postecoglou will surely be proud of his team’s performance against Pep Guardiola’s side.

For Tottenham supporters, Postecoglou’s commitment to an attacking brand of football, even in challenging circumstances, signals a manager who prioritises the identity and style of play he envisions for the club.

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As injuries heal and the squad regains its full strength, the tenacity displayed in sticking to the high defensive line during a difficult period could set the foundation for a resurgence in the team’s fortunes.

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