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29/12/2018 - 22:31 BST

We Are Not Machines – Mauricio Pochettino On Spurs’ Loss Against Wolves


Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham Hotspur players showed signs of getting tired in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Wembley.

Tottenham dominated possession and started spraying passes around from the first minute. They were comfortably moving the ball around and while Wolves defended well, the home side looked like breaking them down any time in the first half.

Christian Eriksen came close to breaking the deadlock at the 20-minute mark when he bent in a beauty from 25 yards, but Rui Patricio pulled off a great save to keep the scores level.

But just minutes later the breakthrough came for Spurs. Harry Kane’s bullet shot hit from 25 yards out, and the ball nestled into the far side of the net to give the lead to Tottenham.


Wolves rallied but their pressure didn’t amount to much as Spurs weathered a short spell of attack from the away side. Tottenham continued to control the game and had three shots on target in the first half.

Spurs continued to maintain a level of control in the second half but their attempts on goal were down despite Wolves also not creating any real chances. Towards the hour mark, the game was meandering along at a walking pace with the home fans getting edgier with every minute because of the narrow nature of Tottenham’s lead.


However, Wolves started to build some pressure and it paid off in the 72nd minute. Joao Moutinho delivered a pinpoint ball from a corner and Willy Boly rose the highest to bury the header into Hugo Lloris’ net to equalise for the away side.

Tottenham were shocked into picking up the pace but they continued to struggle to create clear-cut chances.

They received another rude awakening in the 84th minute when Wolves scored their second and took the lead as Raul Jimenez found the back of the net with a weak effort from the edge of the box, which somehow managed to trickle into Tottenham’s goal.

And the game turned into a nightmare for Tottenham and their fans when Helder Costa sealed the points for Wolves with a third goal following a swift counter-attack in the 87th minute.

Wolves managed to hold on and condemned Tottenham to the fifth league defeat of their season.

Pochettino admits that the performance and the energy of his Tottenham players dropped in the second half and it became difficult once Wolves scored their second goal in the final ten minutes.

He was quoted saying by the BBC: "We did not dominate the ball in the second half.

"We were wrong in the way we tried to play, too much long ball and our energy dropped in the second half, which led to bad decision making when they were on the ball.

"It was difficult to come back into the game after their equaliser. But that is football.”

Pochettino believes his side felt the effects of their recent efforts in the second half and suggested that his players looked tired towards the end of the game.

“We have had a very good run in the last few weeks and to keep that level is difficult.

"We tried to play a little more in the second half, but we were too direct and I think we started to pay for the effort in the other games.

"We are not machines.

“We need to understand that we cannot get ourselves in this situation.

"I think we used the ball in the wrong way and allowed them to create chances on the transitions."