Former Spurs boss: ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen Poch rumbled’

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur slumped to their third successive defeat last night, losing 2-1 to Inter Milan as the hosts scored two in the last seven minutes to steal all three points.

Spurs looked vastly improved from the Premier League defeats to Watford and Liverpool, and had complete control over the tie after 85 minutes.

Pochettino was welcome to feel aggrieved as his side walked away with nothing to show for their best performance of the season.

Inter Milan sit 15th in Serie A, and offered very little in the way of a goal threat last night. If it wasn’t for Mario Icardi’s wonder volley, they surely would have walked away the losers.

Poch decided to take out his frustrations on the press after the game, after one journalist asked whether he regretted leaving the likes of Trippier and Alderweireld at home.

Pochettino argued that this was disrespectful to the 11 players who did start the game, and insisted that the press treated the remaining 14 squad players as if they were ‘s**t’.

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood told talkSPORT: “He would be irritated on the back of that.

“I was pleasantly surprised by how toothless Inter Milan were, I mean how average were they?

“15th place in Serie A tells a story and I thought Tottenham would cruise to victory and when they went ahead I thought everything was great.

“But Mauro Icardi got them out of jail with a wonderful volleyed strike and then they scored again another set piece, another headed goal, which seems to be the Achilles heel.

“It’s very difficult when you’re sitting in front of the press. If Spurs got what they actually deserved, nobody is asking any of those questions, but that’s the nature of the press and you’ve just got to take it on the chin.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Poch rumbled at Tottenham.”

Some people have now suggested that Pochettino is under pressure at Tottenham, with his job on the line, but Sherwood disagrees.

“He’s doing nothing wrong. He’s a fantastic manager and he’s going along the right lines, it’s just a difficult spell results-wise.

“On the balance of play Mauricio would have gone into the dressing room and said, ‘you deserved more than that’.

“Sometimes you’ve got to rotate your squad, and he’s bringing in other international players.

“They certainly did enough, Tottenham were a different level entirely to Inter Milan.

“Alright, they lost the game, but sometimes you’ve got to take the result out of it, especially as a manager otherwise you drive yourself mad.

“You’ve got to look at the performance – Aurier did ok last night, Dembele and Eriksen ran the midfield, Harry Kane didn’t score again but his hold up play was decent.

“Overall there were a lot of positives in that game and I think they will be looking forward to getting Inter at Wembley – they’re 15th in Serie A for a reason, because they’re bang average.”

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