Title: Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Ange Postecoglou, Prioritizes Long-Term Success Over Manchester City Victories
In a recent press conference, Tottenham Hotspur manager, Ange Postecoglou, has revealed his focus on creating something sustainable and new for the long-term, rather than relying on the club’s successful record against Manchester City. Despite having won five of their past seven Premier League meetings against the formidable opponents, Postecoglou emphasized the importance of building a team that can achieve success overall, rather than simply beating City.
Postecoglou welcomes the extra scrutiny and questioning surrounding his approach, as he believes it tests his resolve and that of both the players and the club as a whole. Coming from his previous experience managing Yokohama F.Marinos, a team owned by the City Football Group, the Australian manager acknowledges the influence and support he received from individuals such as Brian Marwood and other members of the group.
Tottenham’s recent run of misfortune continued with the unfortunate news of Rodrigo Bentancur suffering a torn ankle ligament, which will keep him out of action until next February. The midfielder had just returned from a nine-month injury layoff, making this setback all the more frustrating.
Additionally, Tottenham’s captain, Son Heung-min, who had an impressive start to the season with eight goals in seven Premier League matches, has struggled to find the net in his past three games. He has also been caught offside the most times in the league. However, Postecoglou remains confident in Son’s abilities and believes the recent defeats have not deterred the players from his philosophy. He emphasizes that progress and dominance can still be seen in their performances.
Reflecting on his time managing Yokohama F.Marinos, Postecoglou reminiscences on the surprising pre-season friendly against City in 2019. Despite being considered the underdogs, Yokohama showcased their capabilities with 58% possession against City’s dominant passing game. This experience further solidified Postecoglou’s belief in the importance of having a well-defined plan and investing in the right personnel to achieve long-term success.
As Postecoglou continues to chart the course for Tottenham Hotspur’s future, his unwavering commitment to long-term sustainability and building a successful team proves to be a defining factor. While the club’s record against Manchester City may change, the vision for a lasting legacy remains steady under his leadership.