Former Arsenal star Alan Smith has praised Ange Postecoglou for his early work with Tottenham and has discussed the side's hopes of making a return to the Champions League. It comes after an ideal start to life under the Australian head coach, who has looked to transform Spurs in a short amount of time.
A summer of change commenced in the transfer window, with a host of incomings and some key outgoings, most notably Harry Kane. With Postecoglou's style shift too, it was expected that his team would take a while to look closer towards his expectations, with a potential slow start.
It's been anything but that so far, with four wins and two draws from their opening six fixtures so far, including memorable victories over Manchester United and Sheffield United. Their sternest test came over the weekend as their credentials were put to the test against north London rivals Arsenal.
Despite being pushed back on several occasions and trailing twice, the brave football on display saw Spurs walk away with a point to show for their efforts in a 2-2 draw. It showed the flaws of the team as well as the positives to build from in a project that is still in the early stages.
«Really pleased. They're a top side, it's a tough place to come, not much went our way today,» Postecoglou told the media after the game. «We conceded an unlucky own goal, then a VAR penalty, so it's not like everything was falling in our favour as well. Just a real character and resilience the boys showed, a real belief in the kind of team we want to be, even though there was times today when it was difficult to do that. They just kept persevering and persevering and that's a credit to them.»
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