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Postecoglou on Son, Werner and Champions League

Ange Postecoglou has spoken to the media ahead of Tottenham's Premier League trip to London Stadium on Tuesday.

Here are main lines from his news conference:

  • On team news: "No different to the last game. Everyone got through unscathed."

  • On Son Heung-Min and the decision to make him club captain: "It wasn't a big decision to make to him captain. I felt like we needed to change in most things to show the direction. I felt he was such a natural fit, he's been a leader in his national team. Sometimes when you officially get the title it can weigh heavily but his performances this year have been outstanding and if anything it's taken him to a new level."

  • Postecoglou says Timo Werner has "been great for us", adding: "He was an important signing. It's fair to say he's made an impact in just about every game. He'd probably like more goals but he's an important part of our structure and I thought he was really good on the weekend and in the last few games. I do think there's more improvement as he understands our game more."

  • On Brennan Johnson: "He was super on the weekend. He's still young, he's still developing and he's moved to a big club with big expectations. For the most part I think he's handled it really well. Again, it's understanding more and more how we we want him to play and adjusting to it."

  • The manager says the race for the top four is "irrelevant", adding: "We want to finish the season strong and keep building the foundation. Hopefully in 12 months time people will look at and talk about us differently, and that's not just about where you finish and how many points you get."

  • On Dejan Kulusevski and where his future lies positionally: "I think we've got a really young group and my role is to keep challenging and pushing him to improve. We can get him to a new level, we're already competing fairly well. All of these guys in their early twenties, it's our challenge to improve all of them. He's played all of those positions [off the left, right and in the middle] for us and done a good job in just about all of them."

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[BBC]