The reason why Pochettino believes his Spurs side lost against Girona

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino believed that jetlag was to blame for Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 defeat at Girona yesterday evening.

It is a clever move by Pochettino to take the focus off his young crop of players who struggled against the side who finished ninth in La Liga last season by instead citing the fact that his players have only recently returned from their involvement in the International Champions Cup in the USA.

We all understand that the side which faced Girona wasn’t even close to being a first or second Tottenham XI, and the boss believes that there was still positives to take from the match, despite the heavy scoreline.

In reality, none of the youngsters are likely to be involved in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle United.

Tottenham’s World Cup stars including Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld are all set to report back for duty at training tomorrow.

“I am so happy because at the end it’s a lot of positive things,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“We cannot see only the result – there were a lot of conditions to play, it was so hot, we feel jet lagged because 48 hours ago we were in America and that is why for me it’s important to say thank you to all the young players because they were fantastic.

“To have this type of game against a top-level Spanish team is always important for them. At 17, 18, 19 years old, to have the possibility to play with the first team – I think it’s fantastic.”

“The last thing is the result – sometimes you need to feel disappointed and sad but we are in a different direction and way than after the games against Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan (in America),” he added.

“In the context that we played today, the game was very useful for us and there are many positive things to take.”

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    • Could you perform at your peak in a temperature approaching 40C after not long getting off a transatlantic flight? I doubt if you could find the energy to get up out of bed!

      Pochettino is correct. You are the one spouting garbage, Bob. If you was in Spain now having just got off a plane I think the only thing you would be able to summon up the energy for would be going into the nearest air conditioned bar for an ice cold beer! Even then the exertion would leave you dripping in sweat!

  1. It’s very hot in Girona. Not the warmest part of Spain at the moment, but almost 40C. Probably too hot to play football for young players more used to playing in the winter in England. That combined with jet lag. The Spurs fans criticising the young Spurs players should try playing football in those conditions themselves. Probably for most fans lifting a pint of beer and reclining in the shade in a deck chair is the most strenuous things they would attempt in those conditions. Makes you wonder why Spurs played the game!

  2. Look Bob, Pochettino is correct. You are the one spouting garbage. Would you fancy playing football in temps approaching 40C in the shade after a long haul flight. I reckon you would head for the nearest air conditioned bar instead for an ice cold beer whilst covered in sweat

  3. The result itself is academic so matters little, and jet lag and heat may wel have played a large part in the loss. However there is no getting way from the fact that Tottenhams lack of transfer activity during the window has been farcical to say the least. I don’t blame Pochettino for this though, Spurs failure to strengthen is solidly down to the ridiculous manner that Levy operates in the transfer market. His inflexible stance may well prove costly in how Tottenham fair over the course of the ensuing campaign. Levy has singularly failed to heed Poch’s words at the tail end of last season, and I am genuinely concerned that we may rue the chairmans seeming inability to change.


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