Pochettino acknowledges Spurs were below par

Mauricio Pochettino was brutally honest in his post-match press conference after witnessing his Spurs side slip to defeat against Newcastle United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joelinton Apolinario De Lira’s goal midway through the opening half handed the Geordies all three points and despite enjoying the lion’s share of the ball, Spurs were unable to find a way back into the contest.
 
“I think it’s easy, we didn’t play well,” the Argentine bemoaned.
 
“I’m very disappointed with our performance and the result in the end. Again we conceded a very cheap goal in the first half and then it was difficult. 

“They showed that they were very well organised with their defensive line and they were very compact. For us, we weren’t capable of breaking down their organisation.”
 
Pochettino continued: “We created some chances. Not too many, not enough to be honest. That is why we’re very disappointed with the performance and the result but we cannot justify our performance. 

“We should be playing better, more desire, more capacity to be more aggressive in this type of game, because eighty per cent of possession is too much for only a few shots on target.”
 
Meanwhile, Newcastle chief, Steve Bruce, was relieved that his side picked up their first Premier League success of the campaign: “Yes, I was delighted for the staff and the players in particular,” he explained. 
 
“All week we have worked on the system, tactically, organisation, whatever. But to go and nail it the way they did on one of the big platforms in Europe now, not just in the Premier League – they are a great side, Spurs, with great players, great manager, arguably as good as there is – to come and turn them over was a big thing for all of us.”


 “All week we have worked on the system, tactically, organisation, whatever. But to go and nail it the way they did on one of the big platforms in Europe now, not just in the Premier League – they are a great side, Spurs, with great players, great manager, arguably as good as there is – to come and turn them over was a big thing for all of us.”

Brian Jeeves

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