Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t take defeat against Newcastle United too well…
Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t a happy man.
Speaking after losing to Newcastle United, the Tottenham boss reflected on throwing away a good start to the season after beating Villa and a very good draw at Man City.
The Christian Eriksen situation obviously isn’t helping and Mauricio Pochettino says he will be pleased when the European transfer windows close.
Leaving the Dane on the bench today, Pochettino says ‘When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best.’
Despite having 80% of the possession the Argentine manager said his team didn’t show the quality to take advantage of it, as Newcastle defended resolutely.
For Newcastle it was a great match winner as Atsu picked out Joelinton and he finished well.
However, for Mauricio Pochettino it was a ‘cheap goal’, as Sanchez got caught out of position and couldn’t cut out the pass, leaving Joelinton unmarked.
“I am very disappointed with the result and the performance.
“You need the capacity to step up in this type of situation but we didn’t show that quality today.
“When the ball arrives in the last third you need something from the talent and quality we have there and today we didn’t have that.
“When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best.
“With Christian (Eriksen) we win and we lose a lot of games. I accept that that situation is like this.
“If we won 3-0 today no one talks about different names.
“I cannot find excuses about the transfer window being open to justify that performance or the result.
“We cannot find the way to be solid and to have consistency for different reasons.
“I am going to be happy in 10 days after we play Arsenal when the transfer window closes in Europe and to have the player involved until the transfer window again in January.
“I don’t want to be critical with the team.
“We didn’t perform as we expect. It was a very cheap goal, like against Aston Villa.
“We didn’t create – we had possession but we didn’t create enough chances.
“We didn’t find the capacity to break down their defensive line.
“They were very organised and defended deep.
“Sometimes it’s not about possession, it’s about individual actions…and today we didn’t show the type of quality we needed.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 25 August 4.30pm
Possession was Tottenham 80% Newcastle 20%
Total shots were Tottenham 16 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Tottenham 2 Newcastle 3
Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 6
Referee: Mike Dean
Newcastle team v Tottenham:
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 82), Dummett, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 17), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 88)
Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey
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(Alan Shearer reacts to Newcastle’s victory – Read HERE)
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