Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is “disappointed” with his team’s performance after losing to Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.
Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a double from Marco Reus guided the German side to a comprehensive win at the Westfalenstadion, leaving Spurs with a huge task to overcome in the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino fielded a weakened team for the match and his decision backfired as Dortmund all but ended Spurs’ hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
Spurs are now winless in three games after losses to rivals West Ham and Arsenal, and Pochettino admitted after the game that it was a “bad day” for his side.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, the Argentine said: “It is difficult to explain but a bad day and I’m disappointed with our performance. We did not play well. That is why we lost the game.
“We need to fight in the return leg next week. Three nil is not a good result for us but we still need to keep working hard and try next Thursday.
“This was our first time losing 3-0 this season. We need to be calm and be sure it doesn’t happen again.”