Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reacted to Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to newly promoted Wolves in stoic fashion. The Argentine far from blasting the players for letting their performances drop admitted that this type of result can happen once in a while.
Spurs started the game in terrific fashion as they moved the ball from side to side and fashioned many openings. Tottenham eventually took a deserved lead courtesy of a brilliant goal from Harry Kane and could have quite easily added to their tally in the first half.
However, the Lillywhites seemed to back off in the second half and allowed the visitors to have the ball as Wolves punished them late on putting 3 past Lloris.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Pochettino blamed the lack of energy his players showed in the second half, for the result.
He said, “We know very well because of the experience if you’re not 100 percent in every single game in the Premier League it can happen. It’s not enough to play 60 or 70 minutes, you need to play 95 minutes at your best. Like today we dropped a little bit in our energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes, we conceded three goals. That can happen.”
“We started to play too many long balls and then it was difficult to recover the ball and to play more with your heart than your head and we started to expend a lot of energy. Then when you need the energy, in the end, you miss that.”
The Argentine also rued the missed chances in the first half and suggested that Tottenham should have killed the game. “We missed that freshness to kill the game. The difference between Everton and Bournemouth and this was that we didn’t kill the game. The team was then down and they felt the tiredness as it went on.”
Having played so many games over the Christmas period with the same set of players due to injury troubles, this game might have been one too many for Tottenham with the likes of Winks and Sissoko looking visibly out of gas as the game went on.
Pochettino’s men will have a chance to put this right straight away as they travel to Cardiff on New Year’s day.
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