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What we've learnt about Spurs under Big Ange?

Angelos Postecoglou’s stock is already rising at Tottenham Hotspur after an impressive start to the season for the North London outfit.

There were a few eyebrows raised when the Australian parted company with Scottish champions Celtic to take up the job at Spurs.

However, it’s fair to say the Aussie tactician is quickly winning over the doubters, with Spurs swiftly finding their rhythm.

A stuttering start

Brentford is not an easy place to travel to these days, with Thomas Frank making the Bees a tough proposition, especially on their own patch.

However, Spurs fans would have been hoping for a winning start from their side across the capital, especially after taking the lead thanks to a goal from Cristian Romero after just 11 minutes.

Brentford responded quickly and goals from Brian Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa gave the hosts the lead after 36 minutes.

Another Tottenham defender got on the scoresheet with Emerson Royal scoring what would prove to be the goal that saw the contest drawn at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Good sides have left Brentford with nothing to show for their efforts, so while it was a stuttering start, Spurs did at least come away with their first point under Postecoglou.

Coping with Kane departure

Leading into the Brentford game was the media circus that surrounded Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich.

Losing one of the greatest players in Spurs’ history, shortly after his arrival at the club, was always going to be a massive test for the new manager.

Again, Postecoglou was a composed figure in press conferences and the straight-talking Australian seemed to handle the difficult situation well.

Kane’s time at Spurs already looked up before Postecoglou landed the job and the boss was focused on what he could control over what was out of his hands.

Taking down United

Postecoglou really announced himself on the Premier League stage with an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United in North London in his second game in charge.

Pape Matar Sarr bagged his first Spurs goal in the 49th minute, before an own goal from Leandro Martinez wrapped up the three points for the Lilywhites.

A statement win over another side competing for a top-four finish this season, Postecoglou’s stock enjoyed a steep rise after taking down the Red Devils.

Defence key to success so far

Backing up that win over United was important and Spurs did just that with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on the south coast.

This was a game Spurs were expected to win against the Cherries but they performed well, with James Maddison and Dejan Kulusevski getting on the scoresheet.

What will have also pleased Postecoglou was the manner of his team’s defensive display at the Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth had scored against West Ham and Liverpool in their first two games of the Premier League campaign and have some attacking threats in their side. However, Spurs held out to earn back-to-back clean sheets. 

Postecoglou will be quietly pleased with the start he and his side have made to the season, with Spurs at 3.50 to finish in the top four this term.  

In the Premier League 2023/24 Without Man City market, Spurs are available at 23.00 to finish top of the pile.

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