Following Tottenham’s 1-2 loss at the hands of AS Monaco, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham side lacked the hunger to win the game, claiming that he would’ve subbed them all off if he could.
First-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Thomas Lemar left the North London side with a lot of work to do. However shortly before half-time Toby Alderweireld scored a glancing header from a corner, giving Tottenham an incentive during the second-half. Spurs came close to an equalizer late on with chances for both Dele Alli and Harry Kane, but unfortunately failed to score that all-important second goal.
“It was a game that we started well. Then we conceded a goal, and you cannot concede at this level – the Champions League or the Premier League – when you play for Tottenham.” said Pochettino.
“It is difficult to accept. The second goal was the same. When you concede like this you can speak about many things but 2-0 down was very difficult. We created. I think we were better than Monaco. But to win you need to show more and create more.”
It was Tottenham’s first Champions League fixture at Wembley in what was a historic day for the club, setting their new record home attendance of 85,011. It also happened to be the largest attendance in the Champions League for a British side, something all Spurs fans should be immensely proud of.
Pochettino heavily denied claims that playing at Wembley made things difficult for Spurs, stating: “That’s too good an excuse. We need to work, to show more hunger. We need to show a different image. We fought a lot last season to be here and your feeling is ‘Why not do more?’ If this was basketball, I would have taken them all off.”
Tottenham face a CSKA Moscow side who held Bayern Leverkusen to a 2-2 draw in their next Champions League fixture. It’ll be played at the brand new Arena CSKA on September 27th, one to look forward to.