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Ange Postecoglou has described Tottenham’s recent match against Manchester City as his most challenging experience in football management, primarily due to the unsettling atmosphere created by certain home supporters in the stadium.

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Despite Tottenham’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City, it wasn’t the defeat itself that troubled Postecoglou. Rather, it was the unsettling sight and sound of some fans openly rooting for Spurs to lose, with the aim of hindering their north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

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This situation led to uncomfortable moments as Postecoglou clashed with some supporters. He even went as far as suggesting that those who wished for Spurs to throw the game “needed counseling,” expressing concerns about the culture both inside and outside the club as a result of the entire episode.

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However, upon reflection, Postecoglou admitted that he had misinterpreted the situation and explained the source of his frustration.

“That was probably the most challenging experience I’ve had as a football manager in a game because once I realized that I misjudged the atmosphere and sentiments, I felt a real sense of anxiety within me,” he elaborated.

“I began to worry about what would happen if Manchester City played at their best and won 5-0. I was concerned about people questioning my integrity and the integrity of the people I work with.

“In the end, I didn’t understand the situation fully, and I acknowledge that. I underestimated the sentiment. I had mocked the idea the day before because I truly didn’t believe that was the case [that Spurs fans wanted to lose]. But if that’s how people feel, and again, I can’t fully comprehend because I’m not a Spurs supporter; they are. This is their football club. They are the ones who hold the responsibility, not me.”

Tottenham’s defeat left Arsenal with a difficult task in their pursuit of the Premier League title, while Postecoglou’s team now needs a point from their upcoming match against Sheffield United to secure fifth place and avoid being overtaken by Chelsea.

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