‘That’s on me’ – Postecoglou takes responsibility for Tottenham’s loss to Chelsea 

Ange Postecoglou has taken responsibility for Tottenham’s poor performance at Stamford Bridge, admitting that he has to reconsider how he is preparing the team for matches.

Tottenham’s away performances have been extremely poor over the last couple of months and one can argue that the display at Chelsea was even worse than the defeats at Fulham and Newcastle.

The Lilywhites did not look like they were going to fashion chances and looked susceptible defensively every time the home side came forward.

Tottenham fans are understandably upset that their side failed to even lay a glove on the Blues and Postecoglou admitted that the performance levels were nowhere close to being good enough.

The Spurs head coach told Football.London after the 2-0 loss: “It wasn’t a great night for us. We didn’t really reach the levels anywhere near the levels we need to get a result here tonight. Fair to say we didn’t play anywhere near the levels to get something out of the game and we got what we deserved.”

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Postecoglou takes the blame for Spurs defeat

Instead of calling out his players, like some of his predecessors at Spurs have done over the years, Postecolgou accepted the blame for the defeat.  The Australian declared that he perhaps has to change the way he prepares the side for matches, given how poor they have been recently.

The 58-year-old added: “It wasn’t a great night and it’s fair to say we didn’t play anywhere near the sort of football and didn’t have the mindset that I expect us to have.

“That’s on me and I’ve got to take responsibility for that ultimately as I’m the one who is putting them out there and preparing them for it. We were so far off it and I’ve got to look at myself and see how I’m preparing this team for it.”

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This is the first time Postecoglou is coming up against such elite managers in his career and he now faces a real test as teams across the Premier League have sussed out his system and its weaknesses. It is now up to the Australian to adapt and tweak his approach.

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