Mauricio Pochettino admits the Spurs players failed to follow his game plan

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Tottenham Hotspur had to be content with a point from their first Champions League match of the campaign after they were held to a 2-2 draw in Greece by Olympiacos.

Mauricio Pochettino made five changes to the side that thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 on Saturday but the team failed to show anywhere near the same intensity or creative flair that they did in the match in North London.

The hosts were much crisper with their passing and created a lot of opportunities in the first half as Spurs sat back and invited pressure on to them.

In the end, Tottenham can have few complaints about the result as Olympiacos deserved at least a point from the performance.

Mauricio Pochettino said in the post match press conference that he was extremely disappointed with the players as they failed to carry out the game plan that was discussed.

Speaking about the performance, the Argentine told Football.London: “I feel very disappointed. To be honest, the first half I wasn’t happy with our performance. From the beginning, we had a plan. We didn’t respect the plan.

“I told the players at half-time. We scored two goals but if you only analyse the performance it wasn’t great. We conceded a lot of chances to them and the first goal was so painful. We didn’t translate that type of aggression these type of games demand.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Some players really need to take a good look at themselves after that performance. The lethargy in the passing in the first half, in particular, was infuriating to see on occasions. Hopefully, Pochettino doesn’t hesitate to drop those that he felt didn’t carry out his game plan.

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