‘I don’t see it as an issue’ – Postecoglou defiant over Spurs set-piece defending

Ange Postecoglou continues to be adamant that defensive organisation in set-pieces is not a problem for Tottenham, insisting that there are far more important areas for the side to work on in training.

It is fair to say that some of Spurs’ defending from concerns and free-kicks has left some Tottenham fans more than a little concerned over the course of the season.

There was a major negative reaction on social media after set-pieces once again proved the side’s undoing in the North London Derby, with the home side conceding two from corner kicks in the first half.

However, even after the 3-2 loss, Postecoglou was adamant in his post-match press conference that improving set-piece defending is not what is going to help his side bridge the gap to the best sides in the division (Football London).

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Postecoglou is not concerned about set-piece drama

The 58-year-old has once again sent a defiant message to the media and the fans, insisting that he is not going to focus on improving the team’s set-piece defending in the training ground.

When asked about set pieces, Postecoglou said (via Alasdair Gold): “I think I’ve answered this question and I don’t think it satisfies people, but no I don’t see it as an issue. It’s something that we work on along with everything in our game. There are far more important things than that.

“We need to concentrate on at the moment in terms of the team we’re building. I think people want to believe, and it can be, that football is very prescriptive. You’ve got an illness, here’s the tablet and you feel better. I’ve never believed that.

“I’ve always been about trying to create an environment and a style of football that can win things. I’ve never worked in a prescriptive manner and I certainly won’t be doing it now.”

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If the numbers and facts say that you have a problem and you insist that you do not, that means you are burying your head in the sand.

Even if Postecoglou feels that spending time working on set pieces defending in the training ground is not the optimal way to improve the side, all he has to do in press conferences is to acknowledge that it is an area that his side needs to improve in.

Instead, this deliberate denying of the problem suggests that it has become a bit of an ego thing for Postecoglou.

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