Pep Guardiola gives glowing Ange Postecoglou verdict ahead of Man City vs Tottenham

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Champions League match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig at Etihad Stadium on November 28, 2023 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he has been impressed by the quick impact made by Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham ahead of their teams meeting this Sunday. The Lilywhites sat top of the Premier League table for a number of weeks until three straight defeats coupled with an awful injury crisis saw them slip significantly down the standings.

Following defeats to Chelsea and Wolves, Spurs were leapfrogged by Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool with Aston Villa going above them after their victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend. Postecoglou and his players now face arguably the toughest fixture in the calendar with a trip to Etihad Stadium in an attempt to end their losing streak.

Spurs have had previous success against the reigning champions with Guardiola yet to beat the north Londoners away from home, however the injury issues facing Postecoglou makes the task of leaving with points that much harder.

James Maddison, Micky van de Ven and Richarlison were already among the absentees last weekend and they have now been joined by Pape Matar Sarr, who had been a doubt, and Rodrigo Bentancur with Cristian Romero serving the final match of his three-game ban.

However, Postecoglou has insisted Spurs will stick to their game plan despite the prospect of facing Man City’s fluid attack possibly without a recognised centre-back on the pitch. With that style giving Spurs so much success in the opening months of the season, Guardiola has significantly praised how Postecoglou has implemented his thoughts in such a short space of time.

In his pre-match press conference, via Manchester Evening News, he said: “He’s already there, in a short time, even the games they didn’t win lately, I’m impressed how good things they do and chances they create. Aggressive all departments. He came here and you recognise perfectly his team.

“Every team plays for the desire of the manager, what he’s done in Japan and Glasgow with Celtic and now. He makes football a better place, people like Ange. I enjoy a lot their approach, all the Spurs fans can admit the impact has been quick.”

On previously facing a Postecoglou team, he added: “The courage, high line, so aggressive. Lot of combinations, use the keeper. Arrive in the sides, so dynamic, doesn’t matter who they play against, do my game. Happened in Glasgow and now here. They lost the last games, but the players know why. Lots of similarities when they were winning. Two reds vs Chelsea, bad moments, but they are always positive.

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