March 27, 2024

Paul Robinson has stated that Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou is always “honest” in his evaluation following a caustic response to a query on Champions League qualifying.


On March 16, Spurs suffered a crushing 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage to Fulham, after a 4-0 thumping of fellow Champions League contenders Aston Villa.


Following the match, Sky Sports questioned Postecoglou about the extent to which the loss hurt their chances of making it into the elite league in Europe.


The question nearly made the Australian laugh, to which he jokingly answered, “Look, it’s all over, so we’ll just go for sixth.” Given that we trail Villa by what distance? How am I supposed to respond to that?


However, Robinson believes that his very caustic response was only a reflection of his lofty goals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


Robinson stated, “I think it’s his long-term plan, it’s his long-term goal,” in an exclusive interview with Tottenham News.



His goal is to build a club capable of competing at the top of the league; he is not here to win the Europa League, Conference League, or Champions League.


What were the realistic goals at the beginning of the season? A location in Europe? Champions League seemed unachievable at the beginning of the season, and this will be an incredible finish.


“However, I believe the manager communicates effectively with the players after games, is trustworthy, and is sincere when questioned if he wants to place better in the Champions League.


“I believe his response might have been different if the question had been framed as, ‘Really, is winning the Champions League a good achievement this season?'”


However, I believe that in the long run, he wants to create something. When asked if he was hoping to win a trophy when he initially joined the squad, he responded, “I’m not a quick fix; I’m coming to create a team that competes for trophies and at the top of the league year in and year out, not just for one trophy and off.”


Ange Postecoglou has high goals for Tottenham.

Postecoglou, who has gained a lot of fans with his friendly demeanor during his first season at the club, responded in a rather sardonic manner.


However, there are instances when you have to be forgiving with managers, particularly when they are asked to respond to inquiries following a deeply upsetting loss.


Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Tottenham

The progress of Josh Keeley will please Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou.

And, most importantly, there was a very good point hidden underneath the irony. Fifth-place Spurs and fourth-place Villa are separated by two points.


Even though finishing fifth would be good enough to qualify for the Champions League the next season, Tottenham still has a fantastic opportunity to finish fourth.

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