Micky van de Ven admits he is loving the high-risk football new manager Ange Postecoglou has implemented at Spurs this season.
Spurs have taken four points from their opening two Premier League fixtures after a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday, a performance which saw the north Londoners praised for their brave brand of football.
Postecoglou has demanded a high lane and progressive football from his defenders since arriving from Celtic during the summer, and recent recruit Van de Ven admits it is a defensive style he enjoys playing.
“I love it. I love to play with the ball and the trainer (Postecoglu) gives us the trust to play with the ball,” the Dutch defender told SPURSPLAY.
“It’s not that when we play with the ball he’s shouting from the sideline that we have to play long, he always says ‘keep calm, keep playing’ and with the high line with Cuti and me, Pedro and Destiny, yes, it’s a high line but we know the timing when to go back, we trained on this all week.
“Yes, it’s a risk, but what is football without risk? It’s different when the full-back is going inside but it gives us an extra man in midfield so we can play out, and it worked really well. Now, we have to stay with both feet on the ground and keep playing as we are doing, but I’m happy people will have a smile on their faces for the rest of the week.”
Van de Ven impressed on his home debut against Manchester United and admits it is a ‘childhood dream’ realised to have heard the Spurs support signing his name on the terraces.
“It was incredible… everything, the atmosphere was amazing, the team performance, we held the zero and scored two goals, so, yes, amazing feeling. The fans were amazing and of course it’s really important if you can get three points in the first home game.
“I’m really happy about this game and how important it was, yes, really important. I really want more of it, it was incredible in here, incredible. Last week the fans also sung my name, but here, when you hear it in the home stadium… it’s a childhood dream.”