Tottenham coach 'does not understand' fans who want them to lose to Manchester City on purpose

Postecoglu has scathed at Spurs fans who want them to lose to Man City.

Tottenham coach 'does not understand' fans who want them to lose to Manchester City on purpose

Mark Kinyanjui 20:36 - 13.05.2024

Ange Postecoglu has revealed he does 'not understand' why Tottenham fans want the club to lose to Manchester City when the clubs clash on Tuesday.

Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's crucial match against Manchester City, manager Ange Postecoglou has issued a strong statement against fans who wish for their team's defeat, especially in a scenario where it could benefit a rival.

The match, scheduled for Tuesday, holds significant implications for the Premier League title race, with a win or draw for Spurs potentially aiding their arch-rivals Arsenal in clinching the championship.

In a press conference leading up to the game, Postecoglou challenged the notion that a substantial portion of Spurs' fanbase, particularly on social media, would prefer their team to lose against Manchester City. 

Expressing his disbelief, he stated, "I don’t understand it, I never will." Drawing from his experiences in football, including his tenure at Celtic amidst the intense rivalry with Rangers, he emphasized his fundamental belief in supporting one's team unequivocally.

"To me, I don’t understand it, I never will," Postecoglou reiterated. "I understand rivalry — I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world in the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers — but I’ve never and will never understand if someone wants their own team to lose."

The Australian manager further emphasized his commitment to fostering long-term success for Tottenham, regardless of the immediate outcomes. 

Disregarding the opinions of those who prioritize short-term gains over the team's integrity, he emphasized, "What do you think we’re going to do as a team (tomorrow)? Or any team on this planet. Aren’t we just going to try and win? It’s a simple, basic premise. Now how that makes people feel, I’m not really fussed. I don’t really care."

The absence of key players Richarlison and Yves Bissouma due to season-ending injuries adds to the challenges facing Spurs in their encounter against Manchester City.

However, Postecoglou remains focused on the team's objectives, particularly their pursuit of Champions League qualification, which hinges on their performance as well as results from other matches, including Aston Villa's clash with Liverpool on Monday.

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