Pochettino laments wayward finishing


Mauricio Pochettino blamed wayward finishing for our 1-0 defeat to West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Harry Kane had our best chance of the game, firing at Ben Foster from close range in the first half, while Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen also tested the Albion goalkeeper with efforts from distance.

And our failure to make the breakthrough was punished emphatically when former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore prodded in the winner in the 92nd minute in what was West Brom’s only shot on target.

Pochettino said: “We missed chances to score. In football, you can dominate, have the option to score but then you have to be clinical and today was not good. Our finishing wasn’t good and we are very disappointed.Against a team like West Bromwich [Albion] it is always possible that can happen because they are very physical and work very hard and are good at set-pieces.

The result has given Chelsea hope in the top four race and the Blues can move two points us if they win their game in hand against Liverpool Super Sunday.

Pochettino insisted that securing Champions League football is still in our hands with two home games against Newcastle and Leicester to come.

“Still we have in our hands the possibility to be in the top four,” he said “We didn’t concede many chances, all of them came from set-pieces but that is normal, we knew very well how they play. If you want to be in the top four and challenge for big things, in this kind of game you have to score and not arrive in the last minute at 0-0 because the situation can happen.

He added: “We have two games at Wembley to play – on Wednesday and Sunday – and it [finishing in the top four] is in our hands. After these two games, if we don’t then we don’t deserve to be in the next Champions League.”

To add injury to insult Jan Vertonghen limped off with an injury shortly before West Brom scored the winning goal and when asked how severe the Belgium international’s injury was, Pochettino said: “At the moment it’s impossible to say. We hope not. He twisted his ankle and we hope it is not a big issue.”

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  1. How can Poch blame our finishing when once again last summer he & Levy chose NOT to spend big on a striker to challenge Kane but instead wasted £12 million on a past it “backup” This season as last we are suffering when Kane is tired after constant use. Again, Son & Lucas sat on the bench far to long while a stubborn Poch keeps everything crossed in his belief that Kane Alli Or Eriksen will prove his selection right while every one else can see that it’s NOT working.
    Afraid until big money is spent on a TOP striker to NOT back Kane up but push him for a starting spot then we will continue to dominate teams below us but drop points because we cannot break them down.
    Sorry Poch but this one’s on you making poor sub decisions & Levy penny pinching

  2. Where is our class 2nd or 3rd or 4th striker? most prem teams have 3 or 4 strikers! we have got one that is knackered, lacking fitness and out of form, the other is not good enough! why not play 2 up top sometimes like today when teams put everyone behind the ball? why always only one up top especially when we dominate but can’t break defensive teams down? why wait until 5 minutes before the end to bring on the Moura? he had more desire and penetration than all the other put together so what is going on!no wonder we struggle when we pile all the responsibility on Kane’s shoulders! just think what we could of achieved with proper options and a proper squad.

  3. Kane is a professional footballer he isn’t tired he is out fo form plain and simple you don’t have the heavy touch that he has at the moment and lack of everything at the moment, just by being tired. This claiming the goal and the subsequent media mirth surrounding it has upset him it seems.
    As for Poch I agree it’s all down to him for as much as he is lauded by everyone he has contributed to this “Spursiness” as much as anybody he is the figurehead after all and this has all happened under his watch.


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