Ange Postecoglou explains why Tottenham could not beat Manchester City

Tottenham’s last chance at a trophy this season was ended over the weekend by Manchester City in a 1-0 FA Cup 4th-round loss.

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Why Tottenham could not beat Manchester City

After Friday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City Ange Postecoglou has explained why Tottenham could not beat Manchester City.

The Australian believes Tottenham were punished for a passive start vs Manchester City, who he described as the benchmark other teams seek to reach:

“We fought hard to stay in the game, but to be honest that’s all we did is stay in the game”, said Postecoglou. “Our second half was OK. First half was a little too passive and we allowed them to get a bit of rhythm in the game.

“We started the second half with a bit more conviction about our play. But, like I say, we were working so hard to just stay in the game, and that wasn’t going to be enough tonight. You need to put pressure on the opponent from the first minute, and we didn’t do that today.”

He added: “It’s about just having a bit more belief and conviction in ourselves for the first 45 minutes. I thought we defended well. It’s not like Vic had a million saves to make.”

On Man City themselves, Postecoglou added: “They are a top team. They are the benchmark, and we’re not there yet.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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