‘Absolutely meaningless’: Ange’s stunning takedown over PL claim he’ll ‘never understand’

    Ange Postecoglou said Tottenham will go all out to beat Manchester City on Tuesday, even though it could open the door to bitter north London rivals Arsenal to win the Premier League.

    Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are one point above City at the top of the table, but Pep Guardiola’s team crucially have a game in hand.

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    Arsenal, on 86 points, host Everton in their final match of the season on Sunday while City play West Ham at home.

    It means if City win their final two games, they will secure an unprecedented fourth consecutive English top-flight title.

    Much of the talk ahead of Tuesday’s game has centred around whether Tottenham fans will want their team to lose in order to deny Arsenal the chance to win the league for the first time in 20 years.

    But Spurs manager Postecoglou bristled at the notion that Spurs were focused on anything other than a win at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

    “I understand rivalry,” said Postecoglou. “I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world in the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers, and I understand the rivalry. But I have never, and will never, understand if someone wants their own team to lose.

    “That’s not what sport is about. It’s not what I love about the game. What I love more than anything in the game is the competitiveness, challenging yourself to beat someone and coming out successful.

    Postecoglou was left stunned at the thought of Tottenham fans wanting to lose to Manchester City so Arsenal could not win the title. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


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    “Anything outside of that, it’s got nothing to do with sport. It’s got nothing to do with me. If other people want to treat it that way, that they get pleasure from other people’s misery, that’s not how I’ve lived my life.”

    “It’s hard work, perseverance, it’s resilience, it’s quality that will get us what we want, not to fall for any sort of false dawns or any short-term result reactions, stick to the course and thirdly, know what real success looks like.

    “Real success looks like trophies. Anything else in between, bragging rights, whatever, it is absolutely meaningless to me … we’ve got a game tomorrow we want to win.”

    The former Celtic boss said he was confident that supporters would be behind Tottenham on Tuesday and that opinions online were not a good guide.

    “If you go by social media there’s probably 99 per cent of Spurs supporters who don’t (want to win against City), if that’s your world but please don’t tell me that’s your world … we’ll need to have a counselling session if that’s your world,” he said.

    “I understand rivalry — I was part of one of the biggest ones in the last couple of years in the world with Celtic and Rangers but I will never understand if somebody wants their own team to lose. That’s not what sport’s about.”

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