‘Really disappointed’: Ange Postecoglou’s surprise response as Tottenham go top

Postecoglou has now taken more points from his first nine Premier League matches than any manager in history

“My role in that was to give feedback to the players. That’s what they want. They want to get better, they want to improve, I’ve got some stuff there to show them.”

Tottenham’s unusual Monday-Friday double header this week means they could stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points should they defeat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park before the weekend.

And although Spurs are earning plaudits for their attacking football under Postecoglou, the Tottenham manager believes his team still has a “long way to go”.

“I think I’ve sat here every week and said that,” Postecoglou said. “That doesn’t change. We are nine games in and we’re at the beginning of building something.

“It would be so much easier for me to sit here and say, ‘Yeah, we’re a great team’. What I’m saying is we have to improve and that puts the responsibility on me to make sure we do it. We can be better, absolutely we can.”

Despite his disapproval at Tottenham’s second-half display, Postecoglou was full of praise for this team’s “outstanding” pressing as well as the performance of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjreg, who made his first start of the Premier League campaign in place of the suspended Yves Bissouma.

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