Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham revolution continues to surge on as the Aussie's side wrapped up a stirring 2-0 win over Fulham at Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Tuesday morning. The result sees them top of the Premier League table and with the victory comes a new record for Postecoglou.
After the win Spurs have secured a massive 23 points from Postecoglou's first nine matches in charge - with seven wins, two draws and no defeats. The 23 points is the most any new Premier League manager has won, with the previous record shared by Mike Walker and Guus Hiddink (both 22).
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Making the feat even more impressive is the fact that Opta Stats show only eight Premier League sides have started a campaign with 23 points or more from their first nine games. Four of those teams went on to win the title, while three came second and one secured third.
The achievement is just the latest in the Aussies incredible history-making run, with the Spurs manager recently claiming his second consecutive Manager of the Month (MOTM) award after they went unbeaten through September. Back-to-back MOTMs haven't been achieved since Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp in 2019-20 during the Reds breakout campaign.
Post-game Postecoglou played down the toppled record, saying he is focused on what the team must improve on. “No I don’t take stock,” he said. “There is too much work to do. Pleased with the start we have had, credit to all involved. We are where we are because we deserve to be, but plenty of reminders that there is work to do.”
James Maddison, who scored Spurs' second goal on Tuesday morning, was full of admiration for the Aussie manager when speaking after full-time about how he has reinvented the team. “If you look back at the teams he (Postecoglou) managed, they’ve always been front-foot pressing teams,” he said.
“The first day he came in he said pressing high is almost a non-negotiable at any stage of the game. We had a game in pre-season where we went 1-0 or 2-0 up and we kind of stopped pressing and sat in a little bit - and he went ballistic at half-time. It was Shakhtar Donetsk here. He said that’s almost how Tottenham have been in the past, trying to protect a lead. He said it’s non-negotiable to keep going and keep pressing, and we go and score three and four.”
Unexpected title charge for Spurs
The north Londoners’ incredible start to the season has brought about calls that Spurs are in the hunt for an unexpected title run. While it is the best start any Tottenham manager has ever had, Postecoglou says there is plenty of room for improvement.
“It was a good result. Fulham are a tough team to break down but we handled it quite well in the first half. I think with the chances we had we probably should have had a second and a third goal,” he said. “Second half wasn’t great for us, we didn’t play anywhere near the levels we can, it was our worst spell of possession all season, we were really wasteful. Without the ball we were still excellent. We still have plenty of work to do.”
While the world is rejoicing in Postecoglou's exciting brand of football, former Arsenal star Alan Smith on Tuesday morning told fans not to get ahead of themselves as he believes hopes of a title are far-fetched,
“I think a title challenge will be a big ask for Tottenham, although their exit from the Cup and no European football could be a blessing in disguise for them,” he said. “They should be aiming for the top four or five, that would guarantee them Champions League football next year.”
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