Tottenham Hotspur has seen their results in Europe go from unsuccessful to bad to now even worse. Having crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, last year’s third place finisher in the English Premier League and title contender this season found themselves in the Europa League.
Today, they suffered an awful result in Europe’s consolation bracket, falling 1-0 to KAA Gent. Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino tried to explain the defeat suffered at the hands of the Belgian minnows.
The Argentine wondered aloud if his team was lacking in confidence.
“That is only the first leg and the tie is open. It was an even game from the beginning,” Pochettino said at his post match news conference.
“The second half I think we were better, we started better and changed the formation to find a solution and create more chances and created a clear chance to score.”
“Then with the first chance we conceded, they scored and we lost the game. It wasn’t our best performance but the attitude was good and the team tried to win the game. We fought, but it’s true that it wasn’t our best.”
“I don’t know if it’s about confidence because until Liverpool we came from 11 games unbeaten. I don’t think it’s about confidence — it’s not. I think maybe we were wrong with our judgement today and against Liverpool.”
“Gent, from the beginning, were super motivated to play against us. I think we coped with that motivation and it’s true it was a difficult game because Gent in the Europa League showed a very good performance.”
Pochettino also admitted that his team is in a “bad period,” and on a “negative run.”
“We knew that before. But the game was always under control. The second half disappointed us that we were better and we created a chance when in the first half it was difficult to create a chance.
“It was our best period when we conceded a goal. That is football. We start to try to push and gave them counter-attacks.
“We cannot be worried about the result today or the trust of the team. I think the attitude was good. I think we need to go to Wembley and try to make it our home, feel good, put pressure on Gent and try to win the game.
“That is the reality and sometimes things happen, good and bad. We are now in a bad period and I hope that on Sunday we break that negative run.”
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