Pochettino expects Tottenham to thrive under pressure

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Mauricio Pochettino is pleased his Tottenham players will now be feeling the pressure after they left their manager “angry, frustrated and disappointed” following defeat to Anderlecht.

Despite naming a strong side for their Europa League tie in Brussels, Spurs were beaten 2-1 by their Belgian hosts as Group J remains wide open.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring early on for the visitors but was already guilty of missing a good chance, with Erik Lamela then wasting a one-on-one moments before Guillaume Gillet volleyed Anderlecht level.

Pochettino threw on Harry Kane in the second half despite revealing on Wednesday the England striker had suffered a knock in the weekend draw with Liverpool.

But Kane was also guilty of passing up two good opportunities to get Spurs back in front, leaving Pochettino fuming after Stefano Okaka swept home a winning goal.

“I am angry, frustrated, disappointed,” the Tottenham head coach said after the defeat.

“I don’t know which word to use to describe me. We need to stay focused. This was our problem and we need to learn. We are young but if you are the best team on the pitch after 10 minutes and you believe you can win the game you need to win the game. We lost our focus.”

With Monaco now topping the group at the half-way stage, Spurs sit level on four points with Anderlecht while Qarabag sit bottom on three.

And Pochettino knows there is no promises that his side will advance and believes his players will now respond to the need to secure results in their remaining fixtures.

“We are under pressure now,” he said.

“We have to win but I am happy about that. We need to feel the pressure. Because if not, after 10 minutes it seemed like it was an easy game and we have lost. We need to be focused for 90 minutes. Football is like this.”

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