Ottenham’s encouraging and perhaps unexpected win over Manchester United last weekend sparked great optimism from many fans about the potential of Ange Postecoglou’s side – and the club’s new vice-captain Cristian Romero is no different.
“I am someone who thinks that nothing is impossible. Let’s see if we can maintain this level.” [what we can achieve]” said Romero standard sport. “All I ask of people is to trust us.
“All the players along with the staff will give their all to take Tottenham as high as possible and try to win trophies. It takes time but if we are together I believe we can achieve great things.”
Romero’s optimism is due in large part to Postecoglou, who has transformed the mood at the club after just two games in charge.
The boss works perfectly for the Spurs. He puts a really good group together and creates a good atmosphere.
The dark cloud thrown up by the loss of Harry Kane on the eve of the campaign has quickly cleared and when Spurs travel to Bournemouth for Saturday midday’s kick-off, fans can’t wait to see them back in action.
“He’s a coach who works perfectly for Tottenham, he’s brought a lot of new hope,” said Romero. “It might take a while but I think what he’s doing is fantastic. He puts together a great group and creates a really good atmosphere. It’s only been two or three months, but the whole team is behind him. It’s always positive.” We have a coach who wants to take responsibility and the club needed that new energy.
“It’s not like someone new comes in and [suddenly] You win. It’s a process. A process takes time and it’s not easy to win trophies, but that’s what the coach wants and that’s what we want.
“I think if the club continues in this direction with this coach, we will achieve great things.”
Family: Ange Postecoglou quickly bonded with his squad
Postecoglou is accused not only of bringing Spurs back to an attacking style of play, but of bringing about a complete cultural reboot at a club that has seemingly lost their confidence.
Both Kane and interim manager Ryan Mason criticized a lack of standards last season, while Romero is among the players who have admitted there was a rift between the team and former head coach Antonio Conte.
“From day one [Postecoglou] “We asked each other to be family,” Romero added. “It’s not just 25 players. I’m talking about the staff, the club, everyone from the president to the youngest player, we all have to go in the same direction together. This is the only way we can really achieve great things.
“Our fans played fantastically against Manchester United. We have to thank them but I hope they can stay with us even if it gets difficult.”
I don’t know what he saw in me to make me vice-captain, but I always give 100 percent and I’m very happy here.
Romero’s faith in Postecoglou is clearly returned and the world champion has been unexpectedly named as one of two deputies to new club captain Heung-min Son.
With James Maddison unlikely to be fit tomorrow, Romero will wear the armband for the first time when Son is substituted at Vitality Stadium.
“It was a nice surprise, I didn’t expect that,” said Romero. “I’m always grateful for the trust of the club and the coach and I always try to pass my energy on to my teammates. It’s a new role, I’m learning, but I have great examples.” [of leadership] From my [former] Clubs and Argentina.
“You would have to ask the coach [what he has seen in me], but I always give 100 percent. My contract runs here for a few more years and I’m very happy here.”
Well prepared: Cristian Romero in typical Thoroughbred fashion after scoring in the 2-2 draw at Brentford
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At just 24, Romero is now one of the oldest players in the Spurs dressing room, not least because the Postecoglou team is so fresh. The rest of the back five against United made just 16 Premier League appearances in total, 13 of which belonged to January signing Pedro Porro. Destiny Udogie, bought last year but loaned out, Micky van de Ven and goalkeeper Vicario Guglielmo are all newcomers.
Significantly, Romero credits Yves Bissouma with summer’s arrivals when discussing their impact, underscoring the midfielder’s transformation in the first two games of the season.
“I was surprised by Destiny,” Romero said when asked about the new defense. “But not only him, Micky, [Manor] Solomon, Bissouma, Vicario – they all brought new energy and we needed it.”
Romero is also backing Argentina team-mate Giovani Lo Celso to give Spurs fans his best this season, with the midfielder struggling against Bournemouth for his first Premier League start since October 2021.
Stay tuned: Giovani Lo Celso wants to prove his skills at Spurs
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“Gio is a fantastic player,” said Romero. “Of course I know him, he’s my friend, but Gio, the player, can bring so much to Tottenham.”
“He’s an intelligent player, he can bring so much to the strikers. I hope he can stay and has chances. I know he wants to stay. He’s ready, he wants to compete and have a great year in the Premier League. It’s really important.”
Spurs’ last meeting with Bournemouth was one of the darkest of last season, a 3-2 home defeat during Cristian Stellini’s disastrous interregnums.
“The past is the past and we are focused on this season,” said Romero. “After a great win against Manchester United we have to do it again. It’s difficult to stay at this level, but if we want to compete and do great things this season, this is the only way.”
Cristian Romero was speaking at a Kicks Football Camp at the New River Sports Centre, White Hart Lane. He attended Summer of Spurs, hosted by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which offers free football and activities for young people throughout the summer. To find out more email [email protected].
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