Spurs take the lead after beating Fulham, while Postecoglou overtakes Hiddink with best start of the season

Tottenham Hotspur is back at the top of the English Premier League. Coach Ange Postecoglou’s successful formation defeated Fulham 2-0 at home on Monday evening. Spurs are two points ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal, who drew with Chelsea this weekend.

The top spot is the interim result of Spurs’ excellent start to the competition, having not lost a competitive match since Postecoglou’s appointment. The team only suffered a slip-up in the League Cup, especially against Fulham, who won on penalties.

Tottenham took modest revenge for their elimination at their home stadium. Goals from Son Heung-min and James Maddison secured a relatively easy seventh victory.

Postecoglou starts better than Hiddink

With 23 points from nine matches, Postecoglou has made the best start to the competition among new managers in the Premier League. In doing so, he surpassed Guus Hiddink, who amassed 22 points in nine games in his first season at Chelsea fifteen years ago.

The praise for the Australian player who has risen to the top level of English football is now limitless. His football is attractive, offensive and innovative. His interviews are dry and honest. When asked how he felt after the controversial victory against Liverpool (2-1), he replied dryly: “I’m fine, I didn’t need to run.”

Postecoglou received the most votes in the first two Premier League Manager of the Month selections. He reacted humbly to his good start being recognized by club channels: “This is just the beginning.”

Bassey error, Van de Ven strong

The match against Fulham also left little room for doubt. Two almost identical goals were enough to turn the lead into three points. Fulham defender Calvin Bassey was playful on both goals. The former Ajax player succumbed to Tottenham Hotspur’s high pressure from the Fulham back defence.

In the friendly, Bassey sent in a sloppy pass and Micky van de Ven was there like Tottenham’s chickens. The new Netherlands international received the ball and with clever footwork managed to reach Richarlison.

The Brazilian then smartly handed the ball to Son, who cut inside and headed towards the far corner: 1-0. In the second half, after Bassey lost the ball, Tottenham regained possession and this time James Maddison made it 2-0.

Source: NOS