Pochettino sees worrying pattern emerging at Tottenham

Date published: Tuesday 28th November 2017 10:23

Mauricio Pochettino has once again criticised how his side start games after they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night.

Spurs started sluggishly and conceded an early goal to Jamie Vardy before Riyad Mahrez doubled Leicester’s advantage in first-half stoppage time.

Harry Kane pulled a goal back after being played in by the returning Erik Lamela before Danny Rose had a shout for a penalty turned down in the final minutes.

Afterwards Pochettino admitted that his side were not good enough from the off: “We did not play in the way we normally play. The first half was a poor performance and it was difficult after that to get back into the game.

“We feel very disappointed in our performance. We started the game not in the right way and we conceded the opportunity to them to score. At 2-0 down it is difficult. We need to improve the way we start. It happened against West Brom and Borussia Dortmund.”

On the late penalty appeal, the Spurs chief added: “I don’t know. I said last week I don’t want to speak anymore about the decision of the referee.”

The one bright spot for Tottenham was the return of Lamela after 13 months out with a hip injury and Pochettino was pleased to see him back: “His quality will be important for us in the future. I am happy for him to play 15 minutes.”

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