Mauricio Pochettino has declared that it is his responsibility to work harder with the Spurs team following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Burnley at Wembley.
In a similar fashion to last week’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, Spurs fought hard to put themselves in the position to claim maximum points in today’s game, yet dropped points due to a late equalising goal from Burnley’s new signing Chris Wood.
Despite registering 28 shots on goal and enjoying 67% possession, Spurs were unable to win at Wembley yet again, something that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested is his responsibility.
During his post-match interview, the Argentine stated that his side needs to work harder in keeping concentration late into matches. He said:
“It was a tough game. We were talking during the week that it was going to be a very tough game because Burnley are a team that is very physical and they play so deep and it’s difficult to find the space to create chances.”
“We had the patience to build from the back. We tried to find and create the space to go forward and break the defensive line. We scored and then it’s true that we conceded a goal that is very similar to the last game here against Chelsea.”
“I think that is my responsibility that we need to work a little bit harder, try to be more concentrated and focused and try to avoid the situation, the way we conceded in the last two weeks here with the goals.”
“We’re disappointed with the result but at the same time we should congratulate Burnley because they were tough and worked very hard to take one point.”
For the second week running, Pochettino refused to point the blame at the ‘Wembley factor’, once again lamenting the missed opportunities to finish off the game at 1-0.
“In the second half there were a lot of chances,” He added. “Enough to finish the game.”
This happens a lot when you are not clinical. You always give hope to the opposition to go forward and try to equalise the game.””What happened in the end, it was our mistake. I have nothing to say, nothing to complain about Wembley. Nothing to complain when everything was us. We are guilty of conceding the goal.”
Pochettino was then asked whether the consecutive poor results at Wembley has negatively affected the team’s mentality, which the Spurs gaffer denied before admitting that the team still need to ‘fix’ things at the national stadium.
“It’s there that idea,” He said. “All they can do is try to win, but it’s true that today the way we conceded the goal was not Wembley. We need to work more and fix everything.”
Finally, Pochettino gave another update to Tottenham’s transfer business, albeit brief, reiterating his belief that the club will bring in further reinforcements before the fast-approaching deadline.
“Yes, I am positive. We expect to sign a few players more.”
Players from the squad will now join up with their national sides for an international break, before returning to Premier League action for Spurs on the 9th of September with a tough trip to Goodison Park lined up next.
How do you reflect on today’s match? And how do you rate our chances away to Everton?
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