Pochettino’s excuse for Champions League exit isn’t washing with Spurs fans


Tottenham’s Champions League campaign was over almost as quickly as it began.

Having essentially been handed a pass to the knockout stages with one of the easiest possible groups, Spurs have managed one win, one draw, and three losses.

It wasn’t long before furious Lilywhites fans took to Twitter, with many of them berating Mauricio Pochettino for failing to take the competition seriously.

This was, after all, their return to the highest European stage following a six-year exodus, but it failed to live up to the highs they enjoyed in the run under Harry Redknapp in 2010/2011.

Pochettino was quick to blame the strength of his squad following their embarrassment in Monaco, in which they stayed level after Harry Kane’s equaliser for all of 37 seconds.

“It is good for us to learn from this for the future if we are going to be in the Champions League next season and try to compete in that and the Premier League, maybe we need to make changes,” he said, via Sky Sports.

“It was a good challenge for us to show the real level. It’s true after two-and-a-half years we closed the gap between the top clubs. But to be competitive in the Champions League and Premier League we need to show more – and maybe to add real quality.”


It’s clear the Argentine is alluding to the fact that he wants to bring in more top players, but the harsh reality is that Spurs didn’t do that when they had the chance in the summer.

Instead of opting for £25million Georginio Wijnaldum, they ended up panic-buying Moussa Sissoko – who once again struggled to make an impact when he came on – for £30million.

Spurs now have little time to regroup before they face Chelsea at the weekend, and Pochettino needs them to put a run together in the league to make up for what has been an abysmal showing in Europe.

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