English Premier League’s North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur lost their all-time leading goal scorer Harry Kane to Bayern Munich last summer and now led by new manager Ange Postecoglou. Just when everyone thought they will struggle in the 2023/2024 Season, Spurs rose to become the toughest team to defeat in the English top-flight football and was the last invincible team after 10 Matchdays this year. Nevertheless, things took a drastic change for Ange Postecoglou’s side in the league in recent times, and they are currently sitting fifth in the table following a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa last night, who are now trailing two points from the summit.
Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham: From Unbeaten to Back-to-Back-to-Back Losses
Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs welcomed the up-and-rising Aston Villa to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday and drew first blood after 22 minutes, courtesy of Giovani Lo Celso, who is wanted by Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona to replace the out-of-season Spanish midfielder Gavi. Lo Celso scored his first goal of the season for the home side when a corner set piece delivery missed everyone and fell into his path, and the 27-year-old did not hesitate to fire a volley past 2022 FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez to open his account in 2023/2024.
However, that was as good as Ange Postecoglou’s men could get in this game, since the visiting Villains stormed back to mount a victory in the remaining of the game. New summer signing from another La Liga outfit Villarreal CF Pau Torres equalised in the dying moments of the opening 45 minutes with a header from Douglas Luiz’s perfect freekick delivery, before Ollie Watkins completed the come-from-behind 2-1 win from a patient Villa buildup. Spurs’ shot stopper Guglielmo Vicario was heavily criticised for not being able to repel the ball away off Watkins’s rather soft effort.
Torres’s and Watkins’s goals handled Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs their third successful league loss after a 10-game unbeaten start to the campaign in 2023/2024. These defeats, including the 4-1 thrashing by fellow London side Chelsea at home and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.’s dramatic 2-1 comeback win at Molineux Stadium, saw Spurs fall to fifth in the league table and sixth-placed Manchester United are now two points away from catching the former following their 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison park later yesterday.
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Ange Postecoglou Remained Determined Following Spurs’ Third Consecutive Defeat in the League
Ange Postecoglou had this to say after Spurs lost their third Premier League game in a row: “It is just the situation we’re in at the moment, but we’ll get through it. It might take a little while, but we’ll get through it and as long as we show the same intent and play the football we did today, I’ve got no doubt when we come out the other side, we’ll be a very good football team.”
The 58-year-old also added: “We had four full-backs out there so we didn’t really have the height, which we knew would be an issue for us today but you kind of take those calculated risks with the flipside of it being that some of our football was outstanding today. I mean some of the goals we could have scored would have ended up being showreels for us in the way we want to play our football, so for me the positives definitely outweigh the negative of the result.”
Ange Postecoglou ended his post-match statement by saying “We’ve just got to make sure the players stay focused on what’s important right now and you need to win games of football to keep yourself in the mix to be in a strong position come the end of the year, but right now we’re still building a side. What’s more important is the way forward has to be with what the end goal is in mind and today was about trying to play the football we want to play. If we fell short, we fell short but I didn’t think we fell short today. I thought it was just fine margins for us and not getting the rewards”.
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What Is Next for Spurs?
Ange Postecoglou’s next task as the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur will not be easy at all; Spurs will be travelling to the Etihad stadium and clash with three-time defending Manchester City this Sunday for a Matchday 14 game in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens were recently held to a 1-1 draw by fellow title contenders Liverpool and will first host RB Leipzig for the midweek Champions League fixture before Tottenham’s visit to the Etihad.
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