LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Amidst the pouring rain and overcast skies, there was an unmistakable spring in the step of everyone as Friday lunchtime training concluded in Enfield.
The Tottenham players leisurely made their way across the meticulously manicured lawns, having completed their final preparations for the upcoming Monday night football encounter with Fulham.
And rightfully so, as the North London side, despite currently holding the fourth position, had previously occupied the top spot in the league heading into the weekend.
This remarkable achievement can be attributed to their flawless start to the season under the guidance of the new head coach, Ange Postecoglou, who has etched his name in history by clinching the Premier League Manager of the Month award twice within his initial two months in the role.
“It’s safe to say that we’ve had a promising beginning. It probably aligns with the expectations set at the outset, as not many people anticipated us performing at such a high level,” remarked the Spurs manager during our conversation at the immaculate training facility.
“Right now, people observe us with more curiosity than anything else.”
Indeed, the Australian coach subtly reminds us of the less optimistic preseason forecasts, which came after the team’s eighth-place finish last season and the departure of their all-time leading goal scorer, Harry Kane, in the summer.
However, with an impressive record of six wins in eight league matches, narrowly edging out local rivals Arsenal based on goal difference at the Premier League’s summit prior to the weekend fixtures, both Postecoglou and his players have successfully disproven the doubters.
“Big Ange” has, after all, been defying expectations throughout his entire career.