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James Maddison reveals Ange Postecoglou’s only ‘non-negotiable’ rule he set in place after joining Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison has revealed the ‘non-negotiable’ rule that Ange Postecoglou introduced when he joined the club.

After a dreadful 22/23 season that left Spurs outside of the European places, Postecoglou was brought in from Celtic to change the club’s fortunes.

So far, the Australian has made a blistering start to life in the Premier League as his Spurs side sit top of the league table after their 2-0 win over Fulham on Monday night.

Goals from Son Heung Min and Maddison sealed the victory to send them back to the summit of the table.

Speaking after the match, Maddison, who joined Spurs from Leicester City during the summer transfer window explained the ‘non-negotiable’ rule under Postecoglou.

He said to Sky Sports: “It’s one of the main messages [pressing high]. If you look back at the teams he has managed, they have always been front-pressing teams.

“The first day he came in, he said high-pressing is a non-negotiable at any stage of the game. I think we had a game in pre-season when we went 2-0 up and sat back a little bit and he went ballistic at half-time. It was Shakhtar Donetsk here and he said it was how Tottenham have been in the past and he said it’s a non-negotiable to carry on pressing throughout the entirety of the game.”

Talking about his goal the 26-year-old said: “I’m really happy. All of my goal contributions have been away from home and I keep seeing the stats popping up about it.

“It’s nice to get off the mark here with a convincing performance and a solid win that puts us back of the table, so I’m relatively happy.”

Spurs will be back in Premier League action on Friday night as they travel to Selhurst Park for a London derby against Crystal Palace.

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James Maddison was asked about a Spurs vs Liverpool replay by Jamie Carragher as Marco Silva ‘interrupted’ post-match interview

James Maddison was asked by Jamie Carragher about the prospect of Tottenham replaying their controversial win over Liverpool.

In September, Tottenham edged past a nine-man Liverpool side 2-1 after Joel Matip scored an own goal deep in added time.

But in the aftermath of the heavyweight encounter, all the talk was about a Luis Diaz goal that was wrongly ruled out by VAR due to a miscommunication between officials.

PGMOL subsequently issued a statement admitting that a “significant human error” took place, calling the decision to rule out Diaz’s goal “a clear and obvious factual error”.

The refereeing body added that VAR should have intervened and failed to do so before undergoing a “full review” of the situation.

There were naturally calls from certain quarters to have the game replayed due to the VAR injustice, though they fell on deaf ears.

Some weeks later, in the wake of Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Fulham, Reds legend Carragher mischievously took the opportunity to ask Maddison whether the aforementioned Liverpool game should be replayed.

Carragher jokingly said: “Big game Friday (against Crystal Palace). You’ve done really well. How do you think you’ll get on in that replay against Liverpool?”

Maddison laughed and replied: “I just know by the tone of Carragher’s voice that was going to be a silly question.”

Elsewhere in the interview, a technical error led to Maddison’s being able to hear opposition manager Marco Silva’s interview through his headphones.

Upon being asked a question, Maddison appearing slightly baffled, said: “I can actually hear Marco Silva’s interview in my ear now.”

When Carragher asked him what the Fulham boss was saying, Maddison joked: “He’s saying ‘Maddison’s goal was excellent tonight.”

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