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Postecoglou adamant Tottenham have made progress in long-term project

The Spurs boss believes his side have made progress but there is a long way to go before they are where they want to be.


Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou says he has seen progress in his first season in charge at the club.

Spurs are on course for a return to Europe after one season out of it and a win at Sheffield United on Sunday will secure them fifth in the Premier League.

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The North Londoners could have confirmed their spot with a result against Manchester City on Tuesday, but the champions proved to be too much for Postecoglou’s men as they chase their fourth consecutive title.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Australian said: “We have made progress, but there is obviously still a long way to go in terms of believing where that progress is next year.

“I think, as I said at the time, we have some work to do. It is clear and evident and that is what we need to focus on.

“I have been determined from day one. Nothing has changed. I haven’t been deterred, if that’s what people are worried about.

“When you accept the role you accept what comes with it. Nothing has changed in terms of how we go about that. But you have to know where you are at.”

Postecolgou was left furious after some fans said they wanted the team to lose to City in midweek, to prevent Arsenal winning the title.

Upon reflection, the head coach stands by his desire to win the game but admits he was wrong to expect every fan to want the same outcome.

He added: “I got a real anxiety within me. What if we play as well as we can and they beat us 5-0?

“I’d hate to think [that] people [would be] questioning if I’d prepared the team.

“I hold my hand up, I got it wrong. I was here the day before the game and I sort of mocked the whole thing.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.