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Pochettino criticizes his players’ lack of response vs Saints

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After Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Southampton this Wednesday, manager Mauricio Pochettino explained where his players failed to respond.

It seems that the North London Derby defeat was quite painful for Tottenham Hotspur, as the squad wasn’t able to improve once they got 3-0 ahead against Southampton on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

Goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Son Heung-min before the full hour of the match arrived didn’t seem to please the boss against the Saints.

Southampton showed major weaknesses that Pochettino felt the players didn’t live to the expectations he expected from every one of them, but he was happy with the three points that the boys managed to get.

This win was especially important to get for them after the painful North London Derby defeat last Sunday, mainly because the Spurs were slightly favored to win the game and instead they allowed four goals against a surprising Arsenal side managed by his friend, Unai Emery.

During the press conference after the match, it was clear that Mauricio Pochettino is not overall happy with the results that his side is getting because he expected them to fight for the title this season.

When he was questioned about the team’s performance, Mauricio said that he was satisfied with the result but not so much with the team’s reaction after they scored the third goal.

In his mind, Tottenham had the opportunity to score way more goals than they actually did and he doesn’t like it when the players relax in a game as accessible as this one.

“I think it was an important three points,” said Pochettino via Four Four Two.

“Tough evening, not easy to play after the week we’ve had and I’m so happy because we are back in the top four places.”

“It was a strange game, when it went to 3-0 and maybe we started to think the game was over and of course maybe Lloris was Man of the Match because he made good saves.”

“It was difficult to play in three emotional games in the past week [including a 1-0 Champions League win against Inter] and you feel it in your legs but we kept going, 33 points and back into third in the table.”

“Of course it was a difficult evening for the players but also for the fans and sometimes we need to find the motivation,” he added.

The upcoming week for Tottenham Hotspur will be massive, as they will have to make two very difficult trips in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

The first one will take place on Saturday, where Spurs are set to clash against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in a very emotional match due to the fairly recent death of the Foxes’ owner.

After this, Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will have to play a life or death match at Camp Nou against FC Barcelona in the Champions League.

Fortunately for the English side, the Catalan club is already qualified to the next round and they will probably rest many of their biggest players for this specific game because they need all their players at the top of their game for the next month.

Mauricio Pochettino won’t be depending on this fact, he will face this challenge just as seriously as he is facing the whole season and he knows that this will be the last chance he is getting to stay alive in the continental tournament.

A victory against Leicester City should help them get even more motivated for the trip to Barcelona, tonight’s win also helped them quite a bit.

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