He’s good and I know I’m facing the young perfect striker today ….but Ange’s perfect three-word response to critics as rival boss hails ‘remarkable’ Aussie

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou delivered a perfect three-word response to those who pleaded with him to use a pragmatic approach in their fixture against Manchester City.

Postecoglou’s side went into that fixture with the entire defensive unit made up of fullbacks amid the club’s injury crisis.

Yet the Aussie did not waver from his traditional gung-ho approach as Dejan Kulusevski’s stoppage-time strike ensured Tottenham would take a point from the Etihad.

Going into the contest, many felt Postecoglou needed to alter his approach and constant use of a high defensive line against a City team brimming with attacking talent.

But after the contest, several pundits had changed their tune and applauded Postecoglou for his decision to stick by his footballing principles, something that did not come as a surprise to those who have followed his career.

During the press conference ahead of Tottenham’s fixture against West Ham, a journalist told Postecoglou he had earned plenty of plaudits for the way his side took the game to City.

But Postecoglou pointed out it was only “after the game” when the praise came for his approach.

One man who knew Postecoglou would be unwavering in his tactical set-up for City is West Ham boss David Moyes, who spoke glowingly about his rival coach at his press conference.

Moyes is a keen Celtic fan and watched Postecoglou steamroll the competition during his two years with the Hoops, so he’ll know exactly what he’s up against when the two London clubs collide on Friday morning (AEDT).

The Hammers boss only had positive things to say about Postecoglou and was “surprised” the English media didn’t predict the Aussie to be doing as well as he is with Tottenham.

“He’s done remarkable,” Moyes said.

“Tottenham are a really good side and he’s made a big difference to how they play, the crowd and the atmosphere.

“But I’m a bit surprised everyone else was surprised after what he did at Celtic, where the pressure is enormous and he coped and dealt with it.

“Tottenham are as a good as any side in the Premier League at the moment.


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