Ange lashes Tottenham’s ‘fragile foundations’ as fans celebrate City defeat that’s set to deny Arsenal title by StuffsEarth

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Ange Postecoglou was fuming after his team lost 2-0 to Manchester City to put the defending champions on the cusp of a record fourth-straight title – hitting out at the mentality in and outside the north London club.

City’s 2-0 win – which came after Son Hueng-Min missed a golden chance to level at 1-1 in the dying stages and give Arsenal ascendency in the title race – was welcomed by many Spurs supporters, leaving Ange bemused.

“I think the last 48 hours have revealed to me the foundations are fairly fragile,” the Aussie said. “That’s what I feel.

“The last 48 hours has revealed a fair bit to me. That’s alright, that just means I’ve got to go back to the drawing board with some things. Outside [the club], inside. It’s been an interesting exercise.”

He added: “I probably misread the situation as to what I think is important in our endeavour to becoming a winning team. But that’s ok, that’s why I’m here.”

Spurs fans directed chants towards Arsenal during the game but the players took the game to City. The tensions were obvious in the second half when Rodrigo Bencantur was substituted on 55 minutes and reacted wildly.

On chants throughout the match aimed at Arsenal, with the atmosphere becoming increasingly relaxed as Spurs fell behind and then conceded a late second, Postecoglou said: “I’m just not interested. Maybe I’m out of step, I just don’t care. I want to win and be successful at this football club.

“What other people, how they want to feel and what their priorities are, it’s of zero interest to me. I know what’s important to build a winning team and that’s what I need to concentrate on.”

He added: “When we’ve got late winners in games, it’s because the fans have helped us.”

Erling Haaland scored both goals as City moved to within one win of a record fourth-straight Premier League title.

The three-time defending champions will go into the final round of games on Sunday with a two-point lead on second-placed Arsenal.

City host West Ham United, while Arsenal are at home against Everton.

Haaland fired Pep Guardiola’s team ahead from close range in the 51st minute at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he converted Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from close range.

He struck his second from the penalty spot in the first minute of added time after Pedro Porro had brought down Jeremy Doku.

City’s win also meant Aston Villa secured fourth place and qualification for the Champions League ahead of Tottenham in fifth.

Manchester City midfielder Rodri told Sky Sports straight after the game that his team was determined to become the first team to win four Premier League titles in a row by sealing the deal on the weekend against West Ham.

“It’s unbelievable, giving us the chance to fight one more time in the last game,” he said.

“It wasn’t our best performance but we came here to win and that’s what we do. This is football. We have the best striker in the world. The team needed two goals.

“Today was incredible, the character. Stefan Ortega was simply incredible and we have the best goalkeeper in the world. Ortega made three great saves.

“We know it’s not done yet. With our crowd, we can do it and make history.”

For Postecoglou, the missed chances proved costly.

“It was a tight game and in the big moments we weren’t able to capitalise and they were,” he told Sky Sports.

“I thought we were in the game the whole time, even at 1-0 we had a great chance to go level.

“In the second half we were chasing the game so they got a little more space but I thought we were well in it up until that point [when Haaland scored his second].

“We had the opportunities and we had to punish them. We still have some work to do. We need to do some work to catch up.”

with AAP


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