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22nd October 2018

Pochettino left puzzled as Spurs' unbeaten run ends at Chelsea

    MAURICIO Pochettino

    Mauricio Pochettino: 'We lost a little bit of control after their goals, but Chelsea were clinical'

    Published: 27 November, 2016
    by PAUL COWLING at Stamford Bridge 

    Premier League

    MAURICIO Pochettino said he "couldn't explain" Tottenham's loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after seeing Chelsea come from behind to inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on his stuttering side. 

    Pochettino saw Spurs take a deserved lead on 11 minutes thanks to a cracking shot from Christian Eriksen. 

    His charges continued to dominate and looked set to go in at half-time a goal up, but, like a bolt out of the blue, Chelsea were level. Pedro turned smartly before curling in an unstoppable shot past Hugo Lloris.

    "I think we played well for 44 minutes," reasoned the Tottenham boss afterwards. "Then Pedro scored a great goal. But it is difficult to explain when you concede two goals like that." 

    The second Chelsea goal, and the decisive one, came from a rapid counter-attack in the opening minutes of the second half. 

    Diego Costa crossed for an unmarked Victor Moses to slot home on 51 minutes. It was terrible marking by Spurs and a body blow to their hopes of recording their first league victory at Stamford Bridge in 27 years. 

    "We lost a little bit of control after their goals, but Chelsea were clinical," said Pochettino, who also saw his side dumped out of the Champions League this week. 

    "We played better than we did in Europe against Monaco and kept going, so there are a lot of positives.

    "It was tough to go out of the Champions League, but I think the answer from the players was clear against Chelsea." 

    Pochettino decided to rest key players against Monaco, including defenders Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker. 

    Asked whether the changes had led to the exit from Europe, and their first league defeat, he was somewhat philosophical. 

    He said: "I accept crIticism, but I have no regrets about changes to the team. Journalists seem to be focused on rotating the team, and I understand that, but I needed to use the whole squad to be competitive."

    SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Ali (NKoudou, 73), Eriksen, Dembele (Janssen, 83), Son (Winks, 65), Kane
    Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Onomah
    Attendance: 41,513


    Pochettino can't play Saint

    Mauricio Pochettino believes he is the pride of Tottenham. So everything he does, he won't be brought to book. It is wrong. He frustrates the fans and ridicules the club. Soon every fan will grow wary of him. Tottenham has every players to win every match even without the injured players if selected by a good coach. It is surprising to me. 1 win in 10 games is not luck, clinical finish, energy, power and mentality that he is used to lying against. He is the one to be held accountable. Tottenham players are indiscipline when it comes to the defense after a while and it shows clearly. They suffer from indiscipline. How trivial was the yellow card Rose got last week when he knew he had an important game this week. Dembele got a yellow card too early. And he was too lazy and fearful to stop the opponent and defend rigorously. Dier is such a lazy and undisciplined player. I believe it is because he has been highly praised. And Pochettino's brain has been locked to him. We have some great flops upfront like Son number one. Flop against Monaco and Chelsea. And we don't have good subs. Nkodou or what is his name is a joker and Onomah is so below par. Really we have a one sided coach and some carried away players like Dier. I really hail Walker for his performance and I really miss Lamela.

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