Pochettino makes ‘disappointing’ Premier League admission

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fell to a 2-1 defeat at Anfield yesterday courtesy of a late own goal from Toby Alderweireld.

The home side took the lead through Roberto Firmino in the first half and pushed for a second but Spurs remained strong at the back.

Pochettino changed the system to a back 4 at half time as Spurs dominated proceedings in the second half, and eventually got their reward when Lucas Moura got the equaliser.

Spurs then had a couple of great chances to win it on the counter-attack but both Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko failed to hit the target.

The Reds were gifted a winner late in the game as Hugo Lloris failed to hold on to a cross from Salah, and the ball struct Toby Alderweireld and found its way into the back of the net.

Speaking after the game, Pochettino was rather philosophical about the loss and said that Spurs were unlucky to end up on the losing side.

Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “In football sometimes you deserve to win, like for us today but you don’t win. Sometimes in another game it happens the same, we won but maybe didn’t deserve too much, but that is football.

“You know it’s impossible for Liverpool to play in every single game and not only win the game but perform in the same way. It’s so tough.”

The 46-year-old said he expected the title race to go down to the wire and rued the fact that Tottenham weren’t able to mount a title challenge of their own.

He added, “The pressure to play to win the title. Of course you sometimes cannot keep the performance the way you want. They deserve a lot of credit.

“The manager Jurgen is doing a fantastic job and all the best for the future. Of course it’s going to be tough, Liverpool and City, fighting for the title.

“The Premier League is so exciting. It’s a little bit of a shame that we’re not there fighting as well.

“We were but in the last few weeks we have started to find our reality, our place. Disappointed but knowing and being realistic. We must be happy.

“We have a mini-league now. Seven games and it’s in our hands to be in the top four and the Champions League next season. Still we are in the quarter-finals and we are going to fight against Manchester City to try to be in the semi-finals.”

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