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Maddison thinks Tottenham is moving away from the ‘Spursy’ tag

James Maddison believes Tottenham are shedding their ‘Spursy’ tag after continuing a strong start to the new season with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against rivals Arsenal.

Spurs had previously lost on their last three visits to the Emirates and hadn’t won there in the Premier League since 2010. Despite twice falling behind due to an own goal by Cristian Romero and a penalty by Bukayo Saka, Tottenham managed to secure a draw with Son Heung-min equalizing on both occasions, both times assisted by Maddison.

The ‘Spursy’ tag, which developed due to a lengthy trophy drought and frequent collapses in crucial moments, is starting to fade, according to the club’s new number 10.

“We’re not in there celebrating a point, I think there was a few little moments at the end especially in the dying minutes where we could have maybe won it from a set-piece,” Maddison told talkSPORT.

“I think winning late last week and coming back twice (here), when you hear fans and neutrals talk about Tottenham they often say, ‘soft, weak, they’ll bottle it, Spursy’, all that rubbish. I think the last couple of weeks shows that we might be going in a slightly different direction.

“We scored in the 98th and 101st minute against Sheffield United to win late on when it looked like it was going to be one of those days.

“Here we go behind twice at arguably one of the best teams in the world, we pull it back and we’re still fighting right until the end. Hopefully we can continue that.”

Maddison praises ‘courageous’ Tottenham

Maddison played a pivotal role in helping Tottenham secure a point at the Emirates, as he provided assists for both of Son’s goals. This performance added to his tally of four assists in six league matches since his transfer from Leicester during the summer.

Under Ange Postecoglou’s management, Tottenham continued to demonstrate their commitment to playing from the back, resulting in a strong performance where they enjoyed 53% possession. This was a significant improvement compared to their 35% possession under Antonio Conte at the Emirates last season, when they suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Maddison added: “I was really proud of how courageous the lads were and how brave we were. There were a couple of occasions in the first half, myself included, where we gave the ball away.

“I gave the ball away edge of the box, they nearly scored and it is so easy to sink and not carry on playing the way the manager wants us to play, but that’s what bravery is.

“It is having big b**** to take the ball under pressure. I gave it away but the manager makes me feel so good that I can get it again and if I give it away, it’s OK because that’s how he wants us to play.

“He won’t be cheering if I keep giving it away on the edge of the box, but it was only once and once was enough to remind me to be a bit quicker because these derby games are a rapid pace.

“After that I thought we passed the ball really well and had spells where we dominated.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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