Pochettino expects tighter defence


Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham must tighten up their defence after his side threw away a two-goal lead against Stoke.

Spurs looked on course for their first win of the season at White Hart Lane as first-half goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli put the hosts in the driving seat.

Stoke, however, pulled off an unlikely comeback as Marko Arnautovic’s penalty and then Mame Biram Diouf’s header ensured the points were shared.Tottenham have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 matches at home.

The club have signed three defenders in the summer transfer window, with Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer all coming in, but Pochettino admits there is still work to do.

“I am disappointed,” Pochettino said.

“Until the penalty it is clear we dominated the game and we created the better chances.

“The game was good for us but after the goal we conceded some chances.
“We gave them the opportunity to score and in the end it was very disappointing. My feeling is bad but this is football.

“We need to be more consistent in our performance, and our defensive work.

“We defended a lot of crosses and we need to improve in this area because it was too much in the last 10 minutes.”

Tottenham dominated the opening hour of the contest but seemed to lose control after Pochettino took off Harry Kane and Ryan Mason in the second half.

The draw means Spurs have taken only one point from their first two games, having started with a defeat at Manchester United.

“We were 2-0 up and in any other league, that’s game over,” Mason told the club’s official website.

“At half-time we were saying ‘go and get the third’ but that third goal and the momentum went to them.

“Goals change games and you could see once they scored their first it looked like they were the only team who were going to score again.

“We’re all gutted. To be 2-0 up at home and blow the lead is really disappointing.”

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  1. God he is the manager we have been shipping goals since he got here we go from worse too worse,but yesterday was poor two up and we could have got beat.Either he is clueless or the players do not understandhis tactics.Something is wrong big time this will be our worse start in the P/L that's how bad its going to be.hope I am wrong but we are a disorganised rabble one week and every three weeks they throw in a performance.Which is just not acceptable and the manager must take responsibility for this he gets his two million a year needs to get it fight or do one and quick

  2. I thought we would be solid at the back after getting Alderweireld and young Swimmer but what a dossappointment against a team like Stoke after getting a two goal lead once again we gave unneccesary points away again. I am so gutted.

  3. No Wimmer on bench, didn’t use Trippier or Ali ! Why buy if you’re not going to try .Not feeling good about this season! Same old stuff served up .

    Bring back ‘Arryesque attacking system and quick !

  4. Comments like this make me laugh, MP expects a tighter defence, so he buys three defenders and only plays one of them, Isn't the idea of buying players to buy players that will improve the team straight away, therefore improving the squad too, not to try and improve the squad because that doesn't necessarily improve the team. After all it is mainly about your top 11 who will be playing week in week out.

  5. How can he blame the defence??

    Trippier way better than Walker but don’t play him, Wimmer not on bench. Why buy if not willing to play these players? Are we waiting for the cups to start to try them out? Gonna be a bit late league wise buy then.

    It’s our strike force that’s letting us down, how many chances do they need to kill a game off? Stop blaming your defence Poch & sort your tactics.

  6. I give up complaing, if we finish 5th somehow then fair enuff we never getting top 4, any where below that and we are actually going in the wrong direction and mp is a flop


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