Tottenham Hotspur lose away to Leicester City by 2-1 in English Premier League
Nov 29, 2017 Sports 0 7186 By Collins Kelechi
- Tottenham Hotspur lose away to Leicester City by 2-1 in English Premier League.
- Manager Pochettino condemned his team's lack of fight and sloppiness during the game.
- Tottenham currently sit at 5th position and may drop further down if Liverpool and/or Burnley win their next games.
Tottenham Hotspur football club manager Mauricio Pochettino has criticised his team's lack of fight and
aggressiveness in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League.
After going behind by two goals from Mahrez and Vardy, Tottenham struggled to make a comeback and had to settle with a consolation goal in the end.
"They were more aggressive than us. We need to learn and fight from the first minute," the Spurs manager said after the match. "If you don't fight in the Premier League the quality gap is even.
"You cannot afford no fight. You cannot win games. If you don't compete in the Premier League you are going to struggle.
"It's difficult to analyse the game. We start so sloppy. The performance in first half disappointed us a lot. First you must compete and fight and be focused and then quality will appear.
"Leicester showed more than us today. Ready to fight in the first half. Even if the game was open and we had chances to score and stay in the game we were poor and this is disappointing and frustrating. It's difficult to know why. Not about tactics or systems or selections. It's about the collective. The collective performance was so poor.
"Second half we competed, we fight, and in the end the game finished 2-2 or 2-3 we deserved it. We weren't clinical in front of the goal. We had easy chances to score."
Erik Lamela came off the bench for his first appearance in 13 months and assisted Kane with his third touch.
"Erik has different qualities and it's helpful for the future to have him back," was all Pochettino said of the Argentine winger.
But another substitute, Fernando Llorente, missed from two yards at 2-1 and Pochettino admitted the Spaniard's confidence is low.
"Of course, he needs to build confidence. It was a chance to score, so clear but we need to accept that. We need to be calm and trust and work hard and be ready for the next game," Pochettino said.
Tottenham who currently sit at 5th position in the league may drop to 6th if Liverpool FC win their next game or even further down if Burnley also secure a win.