Former Arsenal midfielder takes dig at Ange Postecoglou flaw at Tottenham

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Ange Postecoglou has done an overall excellent job at Tottenham in his opening season. Excluding the anomalous results from time to time, Spurs find themselves fifth in the table but they have a game in hand which could grant them a place in the top four. Heading into this season, Spurs fans would have snatched the chance of qualifying for European football, so it's all about perspective.

The Aussie boss arrived in North London with a long-term vision and most fans are on board with his vision. If the board gives him financial backing, there aren't many better for the job. Big Ange has come in and aligned his vision with the club's history, embedding himself into the culture.

Former Arsenal midfielder takes dig at Ange Postecoglou flaw at Tottenham

However, the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not a fan of what he's been seeing recently. Speaking to the Planet Premier League Podcast (via Metro), Fabregas said:

“But for me, you are not under control because you are basically reacting, you are not proactive. You are reacting to their movements, you are reacting to whatever the striker wants to do.

“If he comes deep, I come with him. If he goes attacking the space, I go with him. I’m not a big fan of this because as I said, you are not in control of the situation. He’s dictating the play for you.

“I like to dictate my play and I like to take the defence. If the ball is covered, then I can press. If the ball is uncovered then my defenders need to drop a little bit.”

Cesc Fabregas is reflecting on Spurs' inability to take control of games. He claims that at times, Ange Postecoglou's tactics can be TOO malleable, to the point where they become passive and under the control of how other team's set up. This is not good, obviously.

However, I do think Cesc is being too reactive. Spurs have only lost two Premier League games this calendar year so judging them on the most recent loss is unfair. The Fulham game was atrocious, nobody is denying this, but in most games this season, Tottenham have actually played their own game and this is the reason they have made plenty of progress this season.


What do you make of Ange Postecoglou in his first season at Tottenham?