Ange Postecoglou admitted on Friday evening that Tottenham fans can dare to “dream” after they went unbeaten in 10 Premier League games and are now five points clear at the top of the table.
It is the first time Spurs have opened up such a lead in the top flight since 1960/61 – the season in which they won the First Division and FA Cup double.
After surviving a late scare when Jordan Ayew struck for Crystal Palace in stoppage time, Postecoglou said of his fans: “Let them dream.” That’s what life as a football fan is all about. This crowd suffered quite a bit. I’m certainly not going to tone this down.
“This is a tough place. There will never be an open football game here. I knew we had to be patient. I always associate it with boxing with the boys. You’re not always going to get a knockout in the first minute or the first round. “You have to keep moving the opposition.”
Tottenham have taken 26 points from a possible 30 in the Premier League under Postecoglou – the most by a coach in his first 10 games in the competition.
Ange Postecoglou was hesitant to raise expectations but allowed fans to “dream” after their 2-1 win over Palace.
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“Dreams last until someone wakes you up,” he added, before dismissing the idea that his players might start to believe the hype surrounding them. “I don’t have the feeling that any of my troops are hanging around here. I don’t think you would see me any differently (whether on top or not).
“I enjoy every game. I want players to have fun playing the game. Not because we are at the top of the table, but because we are living the dream of playing for a fantastic football club. Otherwise, it’s about honoring the responsibility given to us.”
Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: “We made life difficult for Tottenham.” We were happy at the break. They’re at the top of the league for a reason. When the score was 2-0, it was easy for them to take all the time in the world on the ball.”
Tottenham extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points