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Micky van de Ven plays down worries about Ange Postecoglu’s defensive strategy

Tottenham Hotspur defender Micky van de Ven is unfazed by the high-pressure style championed by manager Ange Postecoglou. 

The Australian’s commitment to an audacious high defensive line and a possession-heavy playing style has left many people concerned for Spurs’ prospects this season.

However, Van de Ven has played down those concerns, endorsing their attacking approach.

The centre-back was thrown into the team for their 2-2 draw against Brentford on Sunday. 

He showcased his adaptability and determination to play the game with only three days of training under his belt.

Despite minimal preparation time, the Dutch centre-half dominated the field, showcasing a commanding presence alongside his relatively new teammates.

Quizzed about his move to Tottenham, Van de Ven said (via Standard Sport): “It’s an amazing club. He’s a really good trainer.

“I love the club. I love the players, and I think there is so much potential under this trainer, so we will see where this season heads. 

“Offensive football is what I like, and I think if we play a lot of offensive football and we train, we train, we train, then I think we can do some beautiful things.”

The defender’s seamless transition is a glimmer of hope for Tottenham’s fans, who long for a fortified backline after conceding 63 Premier League goals last season. 

Van de Ven’s confidence in Postecoglou’s tactics is indicative of the faith the squad has in their new manager’s vision.

Coming from the Bundesliga, the defender adapted to the speed of the Premier League without any hitches. He praised his teammates for constantly talking to him and the coaches for giving him confidence.

Spurs face Manchester United in London on Saturday. The Red Devils controversially defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first Premier League game.

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