News about Tottenham: has praised and cautioned Ange Postecoglou and Spurs ahead of a key matchup with Arsenal in the North London Derby.
Gary Neville acknowledged that Tottenham had a great start to the Premier League campaign, but warned Ange Postecoglou to watch out for one thing.Spurs have so far earned 13 out of a possible 15, and a dramatic Dejan Kulusevski goal against Sheffield United kept them one point behind Manchester City and even with Liverpool and Arsenal in the standings.
Under Postecoglou’s direction, the north Londoners are playing an enjoyable brand of football for their supporters in contrast to previous campaigns. Before the international break, Tottenham defeated Burnley by five goals while also recording two clean sheets. They have scored at least two goals in every game.
Neville gave his initial observations from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with high admiration for Postecoglou’s squad formations as a result of the positive start. “Well, I think we said when we went to Tottenham a couple of weeks ago, it was a Saturday night and they were playing Manchester United, that they were gonna have a lot of fun this season with the way in which Postecoglou plays,” he stated on the Gary Neville podcast.
And I believe that he perfectly captures Tottenham’s vision for their team and how they envision Tottenham performing over time. Despite insisting it is crucial to keep in mind there have only been five Premier League games, Neville appears to have doubled down on his assessment of Spurs with yet more praise for Postecoglou.
“I said when we went to watch Tottenham versus Manchester United a good few weeks ago now, that they’re going to have a lot of fun this season, the Tottenham fans, and I think that’s really important, that your team has that cohesion with the manager and has that feeling that he belongs there,” said Neville on the most recent episode of The Gary Neville podcast.
There is no question that Postecoglou believes this to be a good man; he stands up in interviews, has an honesty about him, plays fantastic football, and takes risks, which I think is crucial for Spurs supporters. I would say right now that it’s fantastic, but I think we should just wait until January to review it, as I’m sure the Tottenham coaching staff will be considering; it’s still early in the season, so now is not the time to get complacent; instead, we should keep working, and next weekend’s game is a showcase that I can’t wait for.
The next match for Spurs is a trip to face bitter rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby, as the former Manchester United player points out. On Sunday, Arsenal maintained their perfect record by narrowly defeating Everton. That matchup will undoubtedly be a true test of Tottenham’s development, and the preparations in the coming days for the trip to Emirates Stadium will undoubtedly be tough.
Neville advised against getting overexcited, and Postecoglou probably already abides by this advice, but the Tottenham manager maintained that fans should feel the opposite and let their minds wander while thinking about winning trophies.When asked if it was his responsibility to control expectations, he responded to SpursTV, “No, no, no, let them go, let them enjoy it.” I’ve said it before, but it’s not my job to deflate people’s balloons. The pleasure of being a fan is letting them get carried away and excited.
They have already endured enough suffering; let them enjoy themselves. If they expect us to be world-beating great, it is our responsibility to live up to their hopes. Our fans deserve to be happy, and they are free to do it however they please.