Tottenham’s Postecoglou off to Premier League record start

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LONDON — Ange Postecoglou set a new record for most points by a manager in their first nine Premier League games (23) after Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 against Fulham on Monday night.

The Spurs boss’ tally surpassed the previous record of 22 points jointly held by Mike Walker and Guus Hiddink at Norwich City (1992-93 season) and Chelsea (2008-09 season) respectively.

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Goals from Son Heung-min and James Maddison were enough to give Spurs a comfortable win over Fulham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and send Postecoglou’s side two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Asked how proud he was of his record-breaking achievement, Postecoglou said: “Look, it’s a credit to everyone. It’s definitely a very encouraging start to the season. Performance-wise, we’ve been really consistent.

“We had to work hard tonight. We held it really well in the first half. We had to be pretty patient in the way we looked for openings and I thought they [Fulham] “They were very organized, especially defensively.”

However, the Spurs boss was critical of his side’s second-half performance after Fulham missed the chance to get back into the match.

“I thought our pressing was outstanding all match,” he said. “But with the ball it was probably our worst 45 minutes all year.

“We have to ensure discipline in our approach. Finally Vic [Guglielmo Vicario] Made several great saves to keep a clean sheet. We should have had better control of the game in that context.”

Despite Postecoglou’s disappointment, this is the furthest season in the Premier League that Spurs have topped the league since December. 15, 2020 (top after 12 PL games under Jose Mourinho).

Postecoglou left Celtic to manage Spurs in the summer and is yet to taste defeat in the league with his new side.

The Spurs head coach has breathed new life into Tottenham after they failed to qualify for European football for the first time since 2009 following their eighth-placed finish in the league last season.

Tottenham’s best start since the 1960-61 season.

The north London club have the chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday – having played a game more than their rivals.

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