Europa League not to blame for defeat, says Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino refused to blame Tottenham’s 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle on the Europa League.The manager made six changes to the side that beat Monaco 4-1 on Thursday night, but the Magpies ended Spurs’ 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League thanks to a late goal from Ayoze Perez.“It’s not about tiredness or playing on Thursday,” Pochettino said.“We had good energy, but started to make mistakes and lost control in the last 15 or 20 minutes.”Tottenham went ahead through Eric Dier’s first-half goal but failed to put the game beyond doubt.“The first half was a fantastic performance and one of the best so far I think,” the boss added.“It was under control and the way we played was fantastic.“In football you need to create chances and score and [Newcastle] created chances and scored.”Nevertheless, Pochettino pointed out his team were still only three points behind fourth placed Man United, adding his young team would continue to improve.last_img read more