Another Postecoglou – Pep masterclass loading in the FA Cup

There aren’t many managers who come into the Premier League and establish themselves very fast.

However Australian Ange Postecoglou is defying such odds after a strong start at Tottenham Hotspur, following his arrival from Scottish giants Celtic FC. The manager went on to win three consecutive Premier League Manager of the Month awards, creating history as he led the team through a fine start to the season.

Well, he was slowed down a bit by injuries to key players but the well experienced manager has been able to wade through, guiding the team through a tough period before strengthening in the winter transfer period. An early exit from the League Cup was a minor setback that only served to ease Spurs’ busy fixture schedule and the coach has been very bold in claiming that his team is a real title contender.

Taking over the side without European football on its roster means more time with the players without match day pressures and this could be put into good use with focus on the FA Cup even though a top four place should rank high.

Tougher job

Getting to the FA Cup fourth round was a much easier task as Postecoglou guided the team past Burnley. What awaits is the tougher job, as Tottenham drew Manchester City for their next fixture in the FA Cup.

As they will be at home, Postecoglou will feel this is an opportunity to once again assert themselves and what a better way than to face the cup holders. This will just be one of the several all-Premier League meetups in the fourth round, and on Sportytrader you can check England FA Cup predictions for this week as teams jostle for slots in the fifth round.

With Arsenal out of the competition, the Tottenham v Manchester City fixture is an assurance of another heavyweight falling out of the competition and Postecoglou will want to be the man engineering that. While the Australian has been bold in claiming that his team can go all the way to lift the league title, targeting the FA Cup is a much visible ambition that Spurs will definitely be putting their energies on.

Changed Spurs

Postecoglou has without doubt changed Spurs, but all that would not have been possible without major decisions, most of which impacted the playing unit.

At some point before his arrival, and immediately after, it was thought a Harry Kane exit would really leave Spurs a shell, but the big man was quick to assure that all will work just fine as he sanctioned the Englishman’s departure for Germany where he joined Bayern Munich. Another key figure of the team, Hugo Lloris was also heading towards the final days of his Spurs career, and Postecoglou didn’t make much effort to hold on as he brought in his own crop of players to work with the available ones.

As he negotiates through his first season, there are all the indications that Postecoglou will end Spurs’ trophy drought. That could come with the FA Cup, after getting it right where his predecessors failed.

The Author

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com. Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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