Tottenham gather crucial win over Villa, but Ange says the season is far from over

Spurs defeated Aston Villa in a 4-0 barrage over the weekend, closing the gap in the top-four race, however, the end to the campaign is still far away.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Spurs found their stride in the second half of this past weekend's trip to Villa park, smashing home four goals to close in on fourth-place Aston Villa who sit just two points ahead across 28 games played, compared to Tottenham's 27. With a win next Saturday, the North London club could go one point clear of their competitors.

Despite the important win, however, there are still eleven games left to be played before the 23/24 campaign comes to a close. Some of those matches will include tough fixtures, for example, against Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool, all within a three-week span towards the end of April and into early May.

Speaking after the Villa victory in his post-match press conference, Ange Postecoglou spoke to the fact the club still have a long way to go (via Football London):

"I think I said before the game, I still think there’s a significant part of the season to go, there’s still 11 games for us anyway. There’s so many challenging games, and every game will have meaning between now and the end, not just for us but for every team, there’s a fight up at the top, there’s a fight down the bottom, there’s a fight in the middle somewhere, so we’re all fighting for something."

Spoken with the wisdom of a manager who's coached over 300 first tier football games, Ange knows that anything can happen in football, especially during the final weeks of a season in which so many top sides are competing for such limited spots (Transfermarkt).

Highlighting the significance of the win as more of a progression in the team's development rather than a charge forward in the table, Ange continued:

"If we had lost today I don’t think that would have discounted us, whatever other people put on as targets, I've been consistent in saying what’s important for me is our growth as a team. And I thought we saw that today, it was another positive step forward for us."

Tottenham will take on Fulham away this Saturday, a side they defeated 2-0 back in October. Aston Villa will then face West Ham on Sunday. As Ange has stated, however, there's still plenty of games ahead, and the results of these individual match-ups, while important, are not indicative of what's to come.