beIN SPORTS presenter Richard Keys has slammed Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou for his decision to field a rotated side against Fulham that resulted in a cup defeat last week.
Tottenham have had a great start to their Premier League campaign under the the new manager.
Spurs underwent a mini summer rebuild which saw Ange bring in 7 players including James Maddison, Brennan Johnson, Micky van de Ven, Manor Solomon, Ashley Philipps, Guglielmo Vicario and Alejo Veliz.
The players have done well to quickly adapt to his attacking style of play and the results are evident on the pitch.
There seems to be an instant bond between the players, the manager and the fans which has lifted the mood around the club.
Spurs are unbeaten in the league so far, drawing one and winning 3 in a row. Their last in was away to Burnley where they scored 5 goals.
Their only defeat so far was against Fulham in the League Cup last week which saw them get knocked out of the competition. But Ange played a very different team in that game compared to the team that has started in the Premier League.
And Keys has criticised the former Celtic manager for his decision to play a reserve team in a cup competition, particularly given Tottenham’s eagerness to win a trophy.
He wrote in his blog:
“Spurs purred at Burnley. How Postecoglou must be regretting sending a reserve team out to play against Fulham in the League Cup,”
“When you’ve had so many barren years without a trophy it’s a scandal to toss off a chance to win one. So few PL teams take the competition seriously and we know why, but it’s almost a gimme if you do.
“He got away with it because the League form has been so good, but I’d be furious if I was Daniel Levy. It was a poor call by Postecoglou.”
He is not the only one to slam Ange’s decision. Previously Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also stated that the decision from Ange was a ‘big negative’.
You can not help but agree with them. The decision from Ange was indeed a bizarre one keeping in mind our trophy drought.
The positive thing is that the defeat against Fulham did not slow down the momentum Spurs had in the league as they responded back with a 5-2 win over Burnley.
We still have the FA Cup to play for and who knows, perhaps a cheeky title run!