Po­chet­tino blames aces, not Wem­b­ley for Spurs de­feat

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

LON­DON/ Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said his Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur play­ers must take a hard look in the mir­ror rather than blame un­fa­mil­iar Wem­b­ley Sta­dium sur­round­ings for a se­cond “em­bar­rass­ing” home Cham­pi­ons League de­feat on Wed­nes­day.

A 1-0 loss to Bayer Lev­erkusen means Tot­ten­ham have been beaten in both Group “E” games at their cav­ernous adopted home and their hopes of reach­ing the last 16 hang by a thread.

“Tell me a place that’s bet­ter to play than here?,” Po­chet­tino, whose side lost 2-1 to Monaco in their open­ing group game, told re­porters. “It’s im­pos­si­ble to find an­other ground bet­ter than Wem­b­ley.

“We don’t have the free­dom to play and show real qual­ity. Af­ter two games at Wem­b­ley, both have been poor. It is not an ex­cuse, it is the truth.

“The prob­lem is here in­side us. The prob­lem is not Wem­b­ley. We had 85,000 peo­ple here sup­port­ing us and it’s shame. It’s em­bar­rass­ing for me. We need to show more.

“We were the prob­lem tonight not Wem­b­ley.”

Tot­ten­ham, who slipped to third be­hind Lev­erkusen in Group E, have now gone six matches with­out a win in all com­pe­ti­tions since a su­perb vic­tory over Pre­mier League lead­ers Manch­ester City.Their dis­plays dur­ing a spate of league draws have been rea­son­able, if lack­ing pen­e­tra­tion in the ab­sence of in­jured striker Harry Kane, but Wed­nes­day’s per­for­mance was well be­low the stan­dards the man­ager ex­pects.

“We have to be crit­i­cal and look in the mir­ror and say we have to im­prove,” Po­chet­tino, whose side face an in-form Arse­nal on Sun­day, said. “We have to find the an­swer in­side of us.

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