17 July 2024

James Maddison has revealed Ange Postecoglou told his Spurs players to put a “foot on the throat” of their opposition in his half-time team talk during their 5-1 pre-season victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday. The Aussie is known for playing ruthless attacking football and is expected to implement his trademark high pressing 4-3-3 set-up in his new role as Tottenham manager.

Shakhtar went into the break tied 1-1 with Tottenham but were torn apart in the second half as Harry Kane bagged three more to go along with the penalty he converted in the first stanza while Dane Scarlett bagged a fifth in added time. Tottenham’s adversaries were left waiting on the pitch for an extended period of time before Postecoglou’s men emerged from the tunnel and now James Maddison has revealed what was said in the dressing room.

He told club media: “He’s relentless with the messages the gaffer. At half-time, he wants us to do it more and doesn’t want us to score and almost take our foot off the gas. He had a few words to say at half-time about putting a foot on the throat almost, don’t be happy just to get 1-0 up, go for two, go for three.

“That’s why [the second half] why we came out so hot and so fiery in front of goal. It’s still such a learning period for us as players with the new manager but we’ll keep trying to nail that.”

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