Tottenham fell to their third away defeat of the season at Turf Moor earlier today having being on the wrong end of a 2-1 result to Burnley.
Tottenham came into the game knowing that it will be a tough match with the Clarets unbeaten in 7 Premier League matches coming into the fixture.
Predictably, the first half was a cagey affair with the home side defending deep and not affording Spurs any space. The game opened up in the second half after Chris Wood headed Burnley into the lead.
While Tottenham soon equalised through the returning Harry Kane, Spurs never really looked to have complete control of the game. Pochettino rang the changes early in the second half bringing on Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela for Harry Winks and Juan Foyth, and changed the system to a back 4.
However, the change seemed to backfire as Burnley got more joy going forward. Their hopeful long balls often left Vertonghen and Alderwiereld exposed against Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. Barnes eventually scored a tap in at the back post to hand the home side all three points.
When quizzed in the post-match press conference on why he was upset at Mike Dean after the full-time whistle, Mauricio Pochettino insisted that insisted that he himself was to blame for the result.
Speaking to Football.London, the 46-year-old said: “I think first of all if we need to find someone to blame it’s myself and us because we have in our hands the capacity to win the game and we didn’t.
“I told you during the week that for me this game was going to be key to put pressure on our opponents, but in the end if we didn’t win we can’t put pressure and think to win and be a real contender.”
He also admitted that the team made mistakes on the pitch.
“But of course in the end we want to win because of all the emotion, you know how important the game was, we spoke a lot the previous day when we prepared for the game and of course when you feel so disappointed and upset maybe you some times make some mistakes. We made mistakes on the pitch and I made a mistake after.”
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