Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou rued a “really rough week” behind the scenes in the aftermath of his side’s 2-2 draw away to Manchester United on Sunday. The Aussie opened up on how the Spurs camp had been affected by bouts of illness in addition to their injury crisis before travelling to Old Trafford.
Spurs were without the likes of Son Heung-min, Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr through international duty while James Maddison, Dejan Kulusevski, Giovanni Lo Celso and Ben Davies were out through a mixture of illness and injury.
Postecoglou explained that Kulusevski had been unwell all week and not trained throughout, while Destiny Udogie and Oliver Skipp had also been affected but both were able to start as they claimed a valuable point at Old Trafford.
“I’m delighted mate,” Postecoglou told Sky Sports. “I thought we played really well. It wasn’t the greatest of starts being a goal down particularly here. Our response was outstanding and our football after that was really good. In the second half we really controlled the game. We’ve had a really rough week off the field with illness and other things.
“He (Kulusevski) hadn’t trained all week, Skippy was under the weather and so was Destiny. All year we’ve just got on with it. It was a big game, particularly away from home. (Cristian) Romero was outstanding as the skipper.”
Postecoglou also hailed Timo Werner, who made his club debut in the same week in which he completed a loan move until the end of the season from RB Leipzig. “Timo had two training sessions and played 60 minutes for the club,” Postecoglou added to the BBC. “He was outstanding.”
Postecoglou has also promised his stars a few days off as a reward for their performance, with Spurs’ next game in the FA Cup against Manchester City on January 26.
There were fears that Spurs’ injury woes were added to once centre-back Micky van de Ven went down in pain and was eventually forced off the pitch, but he revealed that he just suffered cramp in the dying embers of the game.
“I had cramp at the end,” Van de Ven confirmed. “It was just cramp and the cold. You saw the intensity of the game. I didn’t play for two and a half months (having recently returned from a hamstring injury).”