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Angry Ange Postecoglou’s ‘good football’ definition could motivate Tottenham players against Newcastle United

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Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou refutes ‘good football’ claim

The 2-1 loss to West Ham United has surely shaken things up at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Until now, manager Ange Postecoglou was seeing himself praised for sticking to his positive style of play even though several players sat out due to injury.

Following the 4-1 loss to Chelsea, Spurs lost games to Wolves and Aston Villa before drawing 3-3 against Manchester City which increased hopes heading into the next gameweek. However, the Lilywhites faltered once again, with Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse winning the game for David Moyes’ side after Cristian Romero put Tottenham ahead in the opening stages of the game.

Even though Tottenham lost the game, which makes it just one point from the previous five Premier League games, the club sees themselves praised throughout for sticking to their attacking style of play despite the available players not performing up to the mark.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou refutes 'good football' claim.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou refutes ‘good football’ claim.

Manager Ange Postecoglou made his frustrations known in a blunt exchange with the club reporter. The defeat to the Hammers has added to a string of disappointing results, raising concerns about the team’s performance and the effectiveness of Postecoglou’s positive style of play. Here is what he had to say via the club’s official website:

“We weren’t good, no, we’ve got to get away from that,”

“I don’t believe that. That’s part of the problem, I think everyone’s saying we’re playing good football — good football means you win games. And I’m not here to play good football, I’m here to win.”

The manager’s frustration is evident, drawing attention to the fact that the primary objective is securing victories rather than earning plaudits for a pleasing style of play.

Three points over beautiful football

The recent comments indicate a shift in focus for Tottenham, with Postecoglou demanding a greater emphasis on results and a departure from unwarranted positivity. Somewhere somewhat putting the performances up on a pedestal might have an inverse effect on the psyche of the players.

There are moments where tough love might just do the trick. However, that also does not mean we lash into the squad after every misplaced pass.

Ange Postecoglou knows that three points are more important than playing well.
Ange Postecoglou knows that three points are more important than playing well.

As Tottenham look to bounce back from a challenging run of fixtures, the manager’s stern stance underscores the urgency for improvement and a return to winning ways, aligning the team’s on-field performances with the intended attacking philosophy.

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The road to redemption will require a collective effort from the team and a recalibration of their approach as they aim to turn the tide in their favour. Playing attacking football is great, but that should come with a sense of understanding of the situation the club finds themselves in and also ensure three points in the bag.

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