July 20, 2024

Ange Postecoglou lit a fire within his Tottenham players at half-time against Manchester City after an angry team talk according to Dejan Kulusevski.

Son Heung-Min fired Spurs in front inside the opening 10 minutes, but quickly went from hero to zero after his own goal drew City level just minutes later. Shortly after, Phil Foden was given the freedom of the six-yard box to put the hosts in the lead and the reigning champions went in at the break 2-1 up.

Giovanni Lo Celso’s curled left-footed effort handed Spurs an equaliser, but Jack Grealish looked to have won it with his close-range strike in the 81st minute. There remained time for more drama however, when Kulusevski got the better of Nathan Ake to head home in second-half stoppage time.

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Despite snatching a point from the jaws of defeat, Kulusevski admitted that the feeling among the Spurs players was one of regret that they didn’t take all three back to north London.

He told Sky Sports: “We would like to win as we had enough chances in the second half. It was an unbelievable performance and we need to play like that all season. I’m really proud of the guys.

“It was really hard. It was too bad we conceded the third goal as we might have won the game. If we can get better mentally then we’ll be at the top come the end of the season. The coach was angry with us at half-time – he told us to just play.”

Son was a tad more upbeat in response to the last-gasp goal sealing a hard-fought draw, adding: “This is what we love football, that is what I told the lads and the boss before the game. We kept believing until 90-minutes.”

The Spurs captain didn’t get too bogged down by his own goal either, claiming: “I try to do the best thing for the team and couldn’t react in time.

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