What Pochettino said after the PSV draw

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur have been stumbling their way through the Champions League so far this season, but they finally face planted in Holland last night.

After losing their first two matches to Barcelona and Inter Milan, Tottenham followed up their disappointing start the campaign with an even more gutting 2-2 draw with PSV.

Spurs realistically needed two wins from their back-to-back fixtures against Eindhoven, with the draw leaving them little chance for revival.

One point from three games doesn’t quite eliminate the chances of qualification altogether, but Spurs would need to win all three remaining games and have results go their way.

Tottenham led the game late on before throwing away the lead, as they have done so often this season.

Captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris provided the turning point in the match, coming off his line and wiping out the PSV striker to receive a red card.

Spurs were 2-1 up at this point, but couldn’t hold on as Eindhoven equalised late in the day.

The Daily Mail report Poch said: “It is nearly over. One point from three games. It will be really difficult. We need to win the three games we have left to play and hope some results help us.

“If you don’t win this type of game you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League. When you play so much better and you dominate and you create the best chances and you cannot kill the game, the game is always open.

“You can concede goals like we conceded. It was an accident for Hugo. But you draw and have the minimal possibility of going to the next stage.

“I am not going to blame any player. I am responsible. We didn’t win. If you want to blame somebody blame me.

“Hugo does not need to apologise. It wasn’t a mistake, it was an action that can happen a lot in football and a sending off.

“It is more about the collective. That is much more important than finding guilt or someone to blame like a player or the referee.

“It is one thing to show we are on the same level as Barcelona and another to play against PSV and have a lot of possibilities to win.

“Maybe you can say we deserve more but football is not about what you deserve. It is to be aggressive and score more goals than your opponent.

“We didn’t force it and that is why our feeling is so bad. It was under control. We were playing well. The PSV fans were disappointed but we play to keep possession and were not aggressive in the last third. You cannot allow your opponent time to be alive. If not you pay.”

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