Spurs 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen - Mauricio's reaction
02 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
There were no excuses from Mauricio Pochettino after our 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, just honesty.
The team simply didn’t fire on the night and were undone by a somewhat unfortunate goal on 65 minutes when Charles Aranguiz’s shot deflected off Ben Davies into the path of Kevin Kampl for an easy finish from six yards.
Eric Dier came closest to salvaging a point when his free-kick struck the crossbar on 83 minutes.
It wasn’t to be in front of another record crowd of 85,512 at Wembley and the result leaves us with a mountain to climb in Group E as we sit third with a trip to Monaco (November 22) and home game against CSKA Moscow (December 7) remaining.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
“I’m very disappointed, we were poor and the result wasn’t good,” said Mauricio. “There are no excuses - it’s not Wembley, it’s not the pitch, we were poor and that is all.
“We didn’t play well in the (home) games against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen. We showed a lack of energy and a lack of aggression in front of goal and when you play Champions League, it’s important to show more quality, more energy.
“We need to find the answers ourselves and try to increase our levels.
“The players are very disappointed but we need to lift them because we have a very important game ahead of us.
“It’s good now to go to Arsenal on Sunday and show we are a real team.”
Maurico conceded that it’s been tough for the team after the international break in October.
“We played well against Manchester City (October 2) but we’ve dropped a bit in our performances,” he added. “We’re not making excuses. We need to be critical, know we were poor and in football, this happens. The only way to change it is to work hard, analyse it and try to fix it.”