Spurs 0-1 Atletico Madrid - Mauricio's reaction
29 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino was once again upbeat after another test against top European opponents in the shape of Atletico Madrid at the International Champions Cup in Australia on Friday (July 29).
We came out of the traps well in the second of this week's two matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and hit the woodwork twice through Josh Onomah and Erik Lamela.
Unfortunately we were caught out on a set-piece routine shortly before the break and Diego Godin put the Spanish side 1-0 up.
Ryan Mason and Vincent Janssen were denied by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak as we tried to get back level and, although last season's Champions League finalists ultimately held onto their slender advantage, Mauricio was still pleased with the efforts of our players.
“Everyone can see it’s a fantastic performance," he said. "It was another friendly game, it was important for us and we take a lot of positives.
"We've played top class clubs here - Juventus, the best team in Italy, and Atletico Madrid, who have played two Champions League finals in the last three years. They had eight players on the pitch who started in the 11 against Real Madrid in May.
"We managed the game, had possession and played with a lot of personality. Now we’re happy to go back to London and to meet our players who were involved in the Euros and, all together, prepare for the season. We’re excited about starting in the Champions League - that is fantastic for the Club and for the players.”
Mauricio on Atletico goalkeeper
“Oblak was Man of the Match – that was clear – and when the opponents’ goalkeeper is Man of the Match it’s because you’ve created chances and played well."
On our young players
“I’m happy because we finished with nine players who have come through the Academy and against Atletico Madrid, that is special. It was fantastic experience for us - training hard, a lot of positives and I’m happy with the performance of the whole team and especially the younger players. It was great experience for them to improve and learn.”
On the tour matches
“We need to analyse the games now but I’m happy because it’s all positive, both games were good for us to compete and learn. It was a great experience for everyone.”