“Tottenham are like an unstoppable force,” Hodgson said at a press conference on Sunday ahead of his side’s 2023/24 English Premier League Round 10 match against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in London, England, kick-off at 4pm.
“I think it’s going to be a very different game against Tottenham on the 28th,” Hodgson said, adding that “we have to find a way to stop them, because they’ve been a ‘Juggernaut’ so far.”
Juggernaut means ‘unstoppable force’.
The word originates from the Indian god and master of the universe, Jagannatha. In the modern world, juggernaut has become a metaphor for a destructive fleet or a giant.
Hodgson also used the phrase during Tottenham’s frightening rise to emphasize the power of the opposition.
“You don’t play Manchester City and Arsenal every week,” Hodgson said, “and now Tottenham have turned into a team you don’t want to play every week.”
Hodgson’s view is that Spurs are on par with Man City and Arsenal as the Premier League’s powerhouses.
“They’re physically strong first of all,” Hodgson said of Spurs’ rise, drawing parallels with Newcastle United, who they faced on Nov. 21.
“They’re technically very good and they operate under a tactic that all the players understand,” he added, suggesting that the Spurs game will be a tough one. 온라인카지노
Hodgson’s Crystal Palace suffered a 0-4 defeat at Newcastle in the ninth round of the Premier League on Nov. 21.
It will be difficult for them to put in a good performance against a much tougher opponent.
However, that hasn’t stopped Hodgson from preparing for Spurs.
“If Tottenham produce another performance like they did against Fulham, Crystal Palace are going to be in for a very difficult game, just like Fulham,” Hodgson said.
“Personally, I thought Fulham showed very good cohesion defensively in that game.
Despite that, Fulham saw that Tottenham were the better team.”
Tottenham defeated Fulham 2-0 in the ninth round of the league on April 24 to take sole possession of first place in the league.
Seven wins, two draws and an unbeaten run in nine games was a bonus.
In addition, Tottenham manager Anzhi Postecoglou became the first Premier League manager to accumulate 23 points in his first nine games in charge of a Premier League team.
Postecoglou, of course, is no stranger to praise for Hodgson, having said in a press conference ahead of the Crystal Palace game, “When I’m 76, I hope I’m vacationing on a Greek island,” showing his respect for the way Hodgson still makes an impact on the pitch despite his age.