Chelsea v Tottenham: Postecoglou adamant Spurs have progressed this season

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Ange Postecoglou says there is clear evidence his Tottenham side have improved over the course of the season.

Spurs head to Chelsea tomorrow night still in the hunt for a Champions League place courtesy of a top-four finish in the Premier League. They sit fifth, seven points adrift of Aston Villa but with two games in hand.

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The first of those comes at Stamford Bridge with Postecoglou’s men hoping to get back to winning ways after successive defeats to Newcastle and Arsenal, the latter coming in Sunday’s North London derby.

Whatever happens over the next three weeks, however, Postecoglou is convinced Spurs have made progress under his stewardship.

He said: “Clearly, as clear as you want it to be, 20/20, definitely, 100 per cent.

“What I see is us playing football, measuring ourselves against the best. My players have got real belief in what we are doing. That’s all I need to see.”

Spurs started the season in blistering fashion but a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the reverse fixture in November halted their progress and prompted a run of five games without a win.

Postecoglou added: “For us it is a constant sort of evolution, of overcoming challenges since then. Up to that point we were in good shape – from a squad point of view and from a rhythm of games. Since then we have had disruptions in many areas.”

That disruption has continued with on-loan striker Timo Werner and defender Ben Davies ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.

“Timo with his hamstring – he’s only got two-and-a-half weeks to go so he will miss the rest of the season,” said Postecoglou.

“Ben Davies got a calf injury so he will probably miss the rest of the season as well.

“Everyone else is okay. Skippy [Oliver Skipp] is coming back and Richarlison is getting back to fitness. He just needs some game time.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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