Not to blame The goalkeeper was sent off for his challenge on Hirving Lozano during the crucial Champions League group game Needing a win to keep hopes of progressing from their Champions League group, Tottenham Hotspur threw away their lifeline by conceding an equaliser when down to ten men. Hugo Lloris was sent off in the…
The goalkeeper was sent off for his challenge on Hirving Lozano during the crucial Champions League group game
Needing a win to keep hopes of progressing from their Champions League group, Tottenham Hotspur threw away their lifeline by conceding an equaliser when down to ten men.
Hugo Lloris was sent off in the 79th minute for his challenge on Hirving Lozano, but manager Mauricio Pochettino said no individual is to blame afterthe 2-2 draw.
“I’m not going to blame any player,” the Spurs manager said. “I blame myself. I am responsible. We didn’t win. If you want to blame somebody, blame me.”
Tottenham fought back from 1-0 down in Eindhoven thanks to goals from Lucas Moura andHarry Kaneand had chances to kill the game off until Lloris fouled Lozano.
Pochettino, though, said his captain had nothing to apologise for.
“Why apologise? No, no, no . . . one day when I was young I made a big mistake and my manager said to me you don’t need to apologise,” the Argentinian said.
“Only those on the pitch can make a mistake. It wasn’t a mistake, it was an action and a sending off.
“Hugo doesn’t need to apologise to myself or the team.”
Pochettino also said those opportunities to finish their opponents off is what cost them.
“If you don’t win following what happened then you don’t deserve to be in theChampions League. We dominated and were so much better.
“We didn’t force, that is why our feeling is so bad, because it was under control — we were playing so well,” he added.
“The PSV fans were so disappointed with the performance of their team, but it was like it was contagious.
“It looked like we played without goals because it was about keeping possession and trying to play and not about being aggressive in the final third.
“We didn’t force the opponent because we believed it was enough with the effort we made.
“In football you cannot allow the opponent some time to be alive. You need to kill the game, if not you pay.”
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