LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Tottenham’s return to the top of the Premier League, while a cause for celebration, was tempered by their underwhelming performance in the second half of their 2-0 victory against Fulham.
Despite his team’s overall success under his leadership, Postecoglou was candid about the team’s subpar showing during those 45 minutes.
The match began on a promising note, with goals from Son Heung-min and James Maddison creating a festive atmosphere among the home crowd.
However, Fulham’s failure to capitalize on their chances was a reminder that the game could have taken a different turn.
Spurs seemed to lose control in the closing stages of the match due to passing errors and missed tackles.
“We had a really encouraging start to the season with results and performances,” Postecoglou told reporters.
“We had to work hard tonight. I thought we had to be patient. Fulham were very well organized.
“Our pressing was outstanding. But I am really disappointed with the second half. That’s the worst 45 minutes we’ve had with the ball all year. We have to stay disciplined with our approach.“
Postecoglou was forthright about his team’s lapse in the second half, cautioning against complacency.
He emphasized that taking liberties and making mistakes in a competitive league like the Premier League could lead to unfavorable outcomes. He stressed the importance of continuous improvement and disciplined play.
“I’m not trying to make a point. We took some liberties. We added some extra touches. I’ve been around long enough to know if you try and take liberties you’ll get dragged down quickly.
“I’m not going to let the fact we won the game disguise the opportunity we have to improve.
“There was no reason for it. My role is to give feedback to the players. They want to get better and improve.
“It would be so easy for me to sit here and say ‘We’re a great team.’ We have to be better. Absolutely we can.”
Ange Postecoglou’s tenure at Tottenham has gotten off to an impressive start, with seven victories and two draws in the Premier League.
This performance has surpassed the previous best managerial start set by Guus Hiddink in February 2009 when he took charge of Chelsea.
Tottenham’s next challenge will be against Crystal Palace on October 28 as they aim to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table.
The team’s relentless pursuit of improvement remains at the forefront of their campaign.