Ange Postecoglou supports conclusion to make shifts as Tottenham exit Carabao Cup.
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Ange Postecoglou supports conclusion to make shifts as Tottenham exit Carabao Cup.

Ange Postecoglou supports conclusion to make shifts as Tottenham exit Carabao Cup

Ange Postecoglou defended his decision to make nine substitutions after Tottenham’s penalty shootout loss to Fulham in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Despite Harry Kane‘s departure on the eve of the new season, Spurs entered this contest on the heels of back-to-back Premier League victories, which had generated a feeling of optimism throughout the club.

Only Micky van de Ven and Richarlison retained their starting positions from the victory at Bournemouth, and while Tottenham improved after a slow start, penalties were required after a 1-1 draw, and Davinson Sanchez’s miss from 12 yards resulted in a 5-3 defeat for the visitors.

It dealt a painful blow to the momentum established during the first few months of the Postecoglou era, but when questioned about his substitutions, the Australian cited the need for players to receive playing time.

Richarlison’s second-half goal nullified Van de Ven’s 17-minute own-goal, resulting in Postecoglou’s team’s elimination from the cup. “We’re obviously disappointed with the outcome, having been eliminated,” he said.
“Early on, we were not at our most fluent, which was not surprising given the number of adjustments I made. Many of the lads made their first start of the season tonight.

“We lacked cohesion and fluency, but I really appreciated our perseverance. There are many ways to develop as a team, and we demonstrated genuine character.

“We had opportunities in the second half to possibly win the game. We were unable to cross the finish line and lost due to penalties.

Cups are my top priority, but there is no European football, so how will I learn about our players? What other chance would I have to do that besides the game? All of them are members of our club.

“We believed they would bring a different intensity tonight, but that does not mean that the cup or any other game is not our top priority.

“From my perspective, we’re still very much in the discovery phase, so we need to learn more and give the participants a chance to contribute, since that’s why they’re here.

“They are not merely present for statistical purposes. They continue to work diligently and have earned the opportunity to play tonight.”

Fulham manager Marco Silva believed the better side prevailed and insisted his players would react differently in the future if a bizarre incident with right-back Kenny Tete after halftime occurred again.

Tete was forced to depart the field for a period of time after breaking his boot, and Spurs equalized in the 56th minute when Ivan Perisic took advantage of space on Tottenham’s left flank to cross for Richarlison to score.

Dutch cornerback Tete was all smiles after scoring the decisive fifth penalty to help Fulham advance to the third round in a 5-3 shootout victory at Craven Cottage.

“Yes, the best team won, and the best team on the pitch will play in the next round of the Carabao Cup,” said Silva, who served a touchline suspension.

“During the 97 minutes, we were the team with the most scoring opportunities, but we conceded a goal while down to 10 men following the Kenny Tete incident.”We will approach this differently in the future, as it is unacceptable to allow the opposition to play with 10 men for two or three minutes because of this incident.

“Of course, it was the first time this has happened to us, and it will be the last, as we will now approach the situation in a very different manner.”

Ange Postecoglou supports conclusion to make shifts as Tottenham exit Carabao Cup