Mauricio Pochettino accuses Tottenham players of ‘disrespect’
After Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Olympiacos, Mauricio Pochettino blasted his players in his post-match presser.
The Argentine accused his squad of failing to following his instructions in the first-half.
Tottenham started the match brightly in Greece, forging a 2-goal lead in their Champions League opener.
A decisive Harry Kane penalty was followed by another Lucas Moura goal in Europe.
However, minutes before the interval, Daniel Podence drilled home a goal for Olympiacos.
Mathieu Valbuena levelled from the spot in the second-half.
Speaking about Tottenham’s first forty-five minutes against Olympiacos, Pochettino fumed:
I feel very disappointed. To be honest, first half, I wasn’t happy with our performance.
From the beginning, we had a plan. We didn’t respect the plan. I told the players at half-time.
We scored two goals but if you only analyse the performance, it wasn’t great. We conceded a lot of chances to them and the first goal was so painful. We didn’t translate that type of aggression these types of games demand.
How many times didn’t we anticipate? And how were we not proactive like we were against Crystal Palace? At this level, you need to match your opponent. That is the first demand.
Mauricio Pochettino was not impressed with his Spurs side against Olympiacos on Tuesday night…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 19, 2019
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Tottenham’s upcoming fixtures
Spurs are third in the Premier League after five matches.
However, Tottenham could drop down the table this weekend if they lose away at Leicester City.
Leicester are level with Spurs on 8 points.
After that, it’s a Carabao Cup clash with Colchester United, followed by a home league match against Southampton.
Tottenham’s October starts with an important Champions League home game against Bayern Munich.