Ange Postecoglou battles Man City fallout with Tottenham positives amid summer plans

Rodrigo Bentancur delivered a very promising showing in Tottenham's defeat against Man City
Rodrigo Bentancur delivered a very promising showing in Tottenham's defeat against Man City -Credit:Visionhaus/Getty Images

Tottenham may have lost 2-0 to Man City on Tuesday evening but Ange Postecoglou could take a number of positives from his side's display. A game in which some believed that City would run riot in their quest to get their hands on a fourth successive Premier League title, Pep Guardiola's team were really made to work hard for the win that has seen them leapfrog Arsenal in the standings going into the final day.

Tottenham certainly weren't without their chances, with Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min all going close to giving the visitors a real scare. In terms of positives, Bentancur was a standout player for the Lilywhites on the night as he gave everyone a glimpse of what exactly he can offer when he's at the top of his game.

Such a difficult past 15 months for the midfielder due to two separate injuries, Bentancur looked more like his old self but a poor yellow card in the first half left him walking a tightrope for the rest of the match. It wasn't a surprise that Postecoglou substituted his player not long after the break, with the ex-Juventus man taking his frustrations out on a seat in the dugout.

Another positive to come from the match was Radu Dragusin. Rarely featuring for Tottenham since his January switch from Genoa, the Romanian demonstrated to all that he can be a real force at the back for the Lilywhites with such an impressive performance as he frustrated Erling Haaland and Co. at times.

A game full of talking points, another was to come after the final whistle when Postecoglou spoke to the media in his post-match press conference. Heading into the game with so much talk about some Tottenham fans wanting to lose the game in order to help deny Arsenal the Premier League title, the Australian pulled no punches in a five-minute press conference as he stated that the foundations are "really fragile" at the club.

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Our Tottenham Hotspur correspondents Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest are joined by Lee Wilmot,'s head of football, to discuss the fallout from Postecoglou's press conference and Spurs' showing against Man City in the latest episode of their Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham podcast.

As well as reflecting on the 2-0 defeat, the trio also talk about Sunday's final game of the season and the opportunity to secure fifth place and a position in next season's Europa League. It may not be the Champions League for Tottenham but UEFA's second club competition represents a realistic chance of the Lilywhites potentially getting their hands on a much-needed trophy.

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