Spurs manager was not happy after his side let a 2-0 lead slip away.
Mauricio Pochettino criticized his players’ attitude after Tottenham allowed West Ham to seal a spot in the EFL Cup quarter-finals despite entering the second half with a 2-0 lead.
Spurs were in complete control of the game, but the Hammers managed to pull off a complete comeback through Andre Ayew and Angelo Ogbonna.
After the game, Pochettino lamented the approach of his team, suggesting that the games against Real Madrid and Liverpool may have something to do with it.
“Everyone can see the game,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “The first half was easy, we scored two goals and the game looked over.
The Argentine admitted that Spurs lacked aggression during the second half as his players were clearly not playing to their maximum: “In the second half there was a lack aggression, the game was completely different and we conceded three goals in 15 minutes. That was the problem, it can happen in 90 minutes and when you are not on the same mental level, it’s difficult because you can concede one goal. Then, when the opponent has nothing to lose, they start to believe and then you concede again and suffer.”
Spurs manager concluded that regardless of who their opponent is or what the result is, Tottenham should always be motivated to finish the game properly: “We have to keep going. We have to understand that after Real Madrid and Liverpool it’s difficult to keep the motivation, it’s difficult to keep the energy. When you play a team who have a lot of quality but are down and receiving a lot of criticism, to give them the opportunity to come alive is disappointing. You have to be more mature when you’re 2-0 up.”