Postecoglou furious with fans who celebrated their team’s defeat

Postecoglou furious with fans who celebrated their team’s defeat
Postecoglou furious with fans who celebrated their team’s defeat

Ange Postecoglou, manager of Tottenham, got angry with the celebrations of Spurs supporters who celebrated the defeat of their own team against Manchester City (0-2), thwarting the chances of Arsenal, hated rival of Tottenham, in the title race.

Celebrations over Erling Haaland’s first goal, dancing for joy and chants like “Arsenal, are you watching?” Tottenham supporters celebrated as rarely their team’s defeat against Manchester City (0-2), Tuesday in a late match of the 34th day of the Premier League. This result thwarts the chances of Arsenal, Tottenham’s hated rivals, in the title race and this has more value in the eyes of some fans than their team’s possible qualification for the Champions League. Because, by losing, the Spurs have definitively said goodbye to the C1 for next season.

“Maybe I’m out of sync, but I don’t care, I just want to win”

This behavior seen in the stands made Ange Postecoglou furious. The Spurs manager reframed a supporter behind his bench during the match: “repeat what you just said, just so I know who you are”, he told him, pointing at him, like the shows a video on X. The Australian’s anger had not subsided at the end of the meeting.

“The last 48 hours have revealed that the foundations are quite fragile,” he said at a press conference. “It just means I have to go back to work. It’s outside (the club), inside, everywhere. It’s been an interesting exercise.” Asked to clarify the precise reasons for his great irritation, Postecoglou did not elaborate further. “I’m not interested, I don’t care. These are just my observations. I’m not going to tell you, because it’s for me. I’m the one who has to do it. You can make your own evaluations of what happened.”

“I probably misread the situation as to what I think is important in trying to become a winning team, but that’s OK. That’s why I’m here.”

The manager recognizes that this rivalry with Arsenal is a little beyond him. “I’m just not interested. Maybe I’m out of sync, but I don’t care, I just want to win. I want to succeed at this football club, that’s why I was recruited . So, what other people want to feel and what their priorities are, I’m absolutely not interested in. I know what’s important to build a winning team, that’s what I need to focus on.”

He concludes by implying that the behavior of the public against their own players impacted the match, particularly when Spurs created big chances late in the match. “I can’t dictate what people do. They (fans) are allowed to express themselves however they want. But yes, if we score goals at the end of matches, it’s because the crowd helped. I already know what I want to do, it’s just that I need to make some adjustments in how I do it.”

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