Postecoglou: ‘I’ll never understand anyone wanting their own team to lose’

Ange Postecoglou says he does not understand Spurs fans who want their team to lose against Manchester City and help stop rivals Arsenal winning the Premier League.

Tottenham head into their match against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City knowing only a win can keep them in the race for the final Champions League place.

City, meanwhile, are a point behind Arsenal but winning their game in hand against Spurs will put them two ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side with just one game left to play.

Some Spurs fans have taken to social media to express their desire for City to beat their own team, which could potentially stop their north London rivals Arsenal winning the league.

But Postecoglou says he believes the majority of supporters want to see their side victorious.

“If you’re going by social media then 99% of them will [want Spurs to lose] but please don’t tell me that’s your world,” he said.

“If it is you need counselling. I understand rivalry but I’ll never understand anyone wanting their own team to lose.

“People are allowed to feel way they do but I’ve been consistent and strong in my belief that it’s important for this club to get to where we want to, not look for a silver bullet, it’s hard work, perseverance, quality not false dawns and know what real success looks like. Anything in between, bragging rights, are meaningless to me. We’ve got a game tomorrow we want to win.

“You think the majority of our fans don’t want us to win? I don’t see it that way, I think the fans inside the stadium will create the same atmosphere they always do.

“There’s a pretty simple notion to this. There’s a game of football tomorrow night. What do you think is going to happen? What do you think we’re going to do as a team, or any team on this planet?

“We’re going to try and win. It’s a simple, basic premise. How that makes people feel, I’m not really fussed, I don’t really care.

“I’d hate to think that anyone thinks we’re going to go out there with anything other than trying to measure ourselves against a top team and maybe win a game of football that’s consequential.

“How are we ever going to become a team that wins things if we don’t win the big games? Why would we shy away from that challenge?”

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