What Pochettino said after the Man City fiasco

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham may have suffered their heaviest defeat this evening since the 5-1 loss at Newcastle United on the final day of the 2015/16 season, but Mauricio Pochettino once again did not throw his players under the bus.

It was a diabolical, lacklustre, toothless display from Tottenham against Manchester City. Granted, City are in fine form at the moment, but to lose 4-1 in the manner we did was totally unacceptable.  

I’d like to think that one shred of hope would be that Daniel Levy and co will spend some money in January to close the gap between us and the likes of City in terms of squad depth and quality, but we know that won’t happen.  Levy will be using the stadium costs as an excuse instead.

Pochettino’s comments below are mild.  What on earth does he mean by an ‘unbelievable experience?’.   I guess we’re going to have to wait for Poch’s follow-up novel for his real thoughts as he has once again bottled it.

“I think first of all, the better team won. When you watch the game and you assess the game and the way we conceded the first goal was a massive gift for Manchester City,” said Pochettino.

“It changed completely all that you compare and wanted to develop on the pitch. They are in a very good form and momentum. They are showing why they are the best in the Premier League.

“Different things happened, of course the second half we started well and were still alive in the game. I think the chance that we had with Harry Kane was key. Maybe if we scored then, things change because we dominated Manchester City in the first 20 minutes in the second half.”

He added: “But at 2-0 it looks difficult again because when you give a lot of space to Sterling, Sane, Aguero, Jesus or De Bruyne you have unbelievable quality in all the transition, but of course then you need some luck.

“The chance with Harry Winks and the penalty maybe change the game, but in the end 4-1 is a result that is so disappointing. Of course you cannot say anything positive, because that is the mentality of football.

“But for me, you can take some positives from the unbelievable experience for the team to realise that to play for the Premier League we need to improve, we need to learn, to work harder than before and of course we play again today a team that has a lot of quality.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. There is absolutely no disgrace in losing comprehensively to what is probably the best team in the modern era. I’m old enough to remember when we were the greatest team of the twentieth century in 1960-61. We hammered almost everyone, scoring 115 league goals in the process. We earned the respect then, so why should we deny respect to this City team by castigating our players and our manager now. No one has been able to live with City, and however much it hurts, they deserve all the plaudits. So let’s stop moaning and put every effort into making the top four, as well as advancing as far as we can in the Champions League.

  2. There is absolutely no disgrace in losing comprehensively to what is probably the best team in the modern era. I'm old enough to remember when we were the greatest team of the twentieth century in 1960-61. We hammered almost everyone, scoring 115 league goals in the process. We earned the respect then, so why should we deny respect to this City team by castigating our players and our manager now. No one has been able to live with City, and however much it hurts, they deserve all the plaudits. So let's stop moaning and put every effort into making the top four, as well as advancing as far as we can in the Champions League.

  3. Lets stop moaning??!

    Yes City are very very good BUT the team looks disjointed and poor, Alli is not the player he was, nor is Dier and we badly badly miss Sanchez and most importantly Alderwerield! I think it goes to show how utterly poor Stoke we’re to be honest! People said oh you won’t finsih top 4 because your playing at Wembley but that has not been the reason at all the team looks shite quite frankly players are just not turning up!!

  4. As a fellow supporter for a similar number of years I totally agree. We can remember some great times and some far worse. The steady improvement in recent years should be appreciated and supported.

  5. Again, I’m afraid Poch is tactically inept when we play these sides away. Woeful to sat the least. Where is the captain on the pitch, not Lloris is it. Take away the armband now as he is bloody useless as a captain. No top 4 or trophies into ne ground and levy will sack him, history tell us that will happen.

  6. We were RUBBISH ! Let us not find excuses for a disappointing performance it was a shambles. The players have no character or backbone and ponchettino has again been disingenuous by not stating the truth about the players and performance. We were not willing to fight . We have players who are sub standard – Sisoko , winks ,Lorente ,rose and yes ALLI !!! Show them all the door. We are one dimensional and teams have figured us out , ponchettino does not have flexibility of thought or any ideas of how to play differently . Poor Harry and Son carrying the burden by themselves along with Vertonghen.

    We are not going to win the CL and now struggle to be top 4. Our best chance of silverware is the FA cup and even that is going to be tough.

    A poor season beckons and players will leave but levy and ponchettino do not care. For that matter I wonder if the players care!

  7. Man City are, right now, a cut above anything I have seen in the PL since at least the days of Arsena’s invincibles or Fergie’s Man U sides. In fact I say they are even better. We looked like schoolboys out there today being schooled by men. They are that good. They passing is lightening quick. Their awareness is top notch. Their reactions are immediate. We just copuldn’t keep up. So to echo a comment above, I don’t think one can complain too much about the result. They have bested everyone in the league so far and the rest of us in the chasing pack need to realise that we aren’t anywhere close to them right now. Personally I had written off this game in advance. If we are going to moan about anything then it has to be the points dropped to weaker teams earlier in the season.

  8. Poor preparation and team selection from Poch.He drops Aurier after he plays his best game so far,then brings in Ali who is off form.After seeing the way Sane ,De Bruyne and Sterling tearing us up ,and the way Trippier ,Winks and Ali playing Poch should have brought in Aurier ,Lamela and Davies in switching the formation to

    Lloris ,Dier Vertonghen Davies,Aurier Dembele Eriksen Rose Lamela Son Kane

    Performance and result reminds me of the season when Sherwood was in charge and we were been put to the sword by Man City

    Poch has 1 week to sort out this mess before we start the heavy fixture load but firstly stop rotating players that are on form and secondly by dropping players that are off form ,Trippier Dier ,Winks Ali

  9. Will we learn from this result……..no.The only ambition that Lewis has is to use THFC income to build the new stadium so that he can sell at a massive profit.We have spent over 100mill. pounds on a number of “bargain” players such as Sissoko,Solado, Llorente, Jansen to appease the fans to give the false impression that ENIC care.Our manager continues to state that we have to learn,it is good for our future that we get beat etc etcWhat a load of b*llsh*t. we lack a chairman of footballing ambition,and if Lewis cannot fulfil that role he should sell up .Man City were fantastic we were totally outclassed but do not blame the players they just were not good enough and that falls on the manager and the board.

  10. I’m rather disappointed in the players .. I’m also disappointed in the team selection … also tired of Poch saying we must learn from these games …they earn a very good wage per week …. play. Compete. Run … keep the same players every week ( unless they are injured) so they know each other… if the quality is not good Get rid. Play fir the shirt/ badge club fans and self pride. … they have been taught a lesson. Now no more excuses please

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