Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Pochettino admits Tottenham's Champions League campaign is 'nearly over'

Pochettino admits Tottenham's Champions League campaign is 'nearly over'

PSV managed to draw level in the final five minutes after the game's momentum swung their way following goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' red card for a reckless foul outside of the 18-yard box.

Spurs realistically needed to win both matches against PSV to have hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage but could only pick up a 2-2 draw.

Lloris clattered into the Mexican attacker after completely mistiming the challenge - giving the referee no option but to send him off.

'No, why?' said Pochettino, when asked if Lloris said sorry to his team-mates. "If someone wants to blame a person, it's myself to blame because I am responsible for the team".

"It's true it's hard to play with that feeling that you always play away from home", Pochettino said, via ESPN.

Up next for the Lillywhites is a tough task of facing defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday. "When you play so much better and dominate the game and create the best chances, if you cannot kill the game and it's open, you can concede".

Pochettino continued: "One thing is the perception that we are on the same level of Barcelona, or other teams with the habit of winning the Champions League".

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"You have the situation with Hugo, maybe unfair, but if you score more goals you are going to win the game". Now we draw. I see the comparison, but I think it was different'.

However, it's European matters at hand this evening as the north Londoners travel to the Eredivisie champions in desperate need of all three points following a disappointing start to their Champions League campaign. However, most of of their games are very low scoring. But, just as against Inter Milan two weeks ago when it lost 2-1, Mark van Bommel's team could not protect its lead.

"Although there have been games where he's been superb - in one recently he made two or three saves and got a result out of it".

Hugo Lloris has had a bad season so far, with off-field incidents such as his drink-driving charge and on the field, he hasn't looked like one of the goalkeepers belonging in the upper echelon of the game, and definitely not a World Cup-winning goalkeeper. Football is about making mistakes. You need to kill the game and kill the opponent when you have the possibility.

Ahead of their move to a new stadium next season, Tottenham Hotspur gave the public a glimpse of what is to come - Champions League football in a new 61,500-seater stadium. If you do, you pay.

Hirving Lozano and Luuk de Jong scored for the home team but Lucas Moura and Harry Kane ensure the game ended in stalemate.

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