Brennan Johnson has revealed that the one thing that angers Ange Postecoglou is if the players do not show bravery and try to play their football.
Postecoglou has generally refrained from criticising his players publicly and has taken responsibility for some of Tottneham’s poor results over recent weeks.
However, following the loss against West Ham, the Australian showed the first signs of being annoyed with the squad as he looked visibly angered in his post-match interviews.
Postecoglou demands that Spurs show bravery
Johnson has now said that the one thing that the Aussie coach cannot stand is if the players do not show bravery and take the game to the opposition.
The former Nottingham Forest star pointed to the passive first-half performance against Manchester City as the kind of thing that Postecoglou gets quite angered by.
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Speaking ahead of the clash against West Ham, Johnson told Spurs Play: “That’s what gets him most annoyed, to be honest. When we don’t believe in ourselves and we don’t play the football we can play.
“We came out in the second half and Man City are an unbelievable team, they are unbelievable at pressing but we got them running more because in the first half, they were comfortable and we were playing on our own time.
“But once we got them running more and pressing and we were getting through and creating chances, it’s what we do in training. There’s no point in coming away from it, because whatever we come away from it doing is something we don’t practice so we are not going to be as good at.”
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One does feel for Postecoglou as he does not really have the options to change things up at the moment due to the injuries that Tottenham are currently dealing with.
Under normal circumstances, the Australian would have likely taken Kulusevski and Johnson off against West Ham and perhaps even considered dropping them for the next game to make a point.
However, with the likes of Manor Solomon and Ivan Perisic being unavailable, he has no choice but to stick with the same front three.
If Richarlison is deemed fit enough to start, I would expect the Brazilian to come into the team in place of Johnson for the clash against Newcastle.