'We didn't take it seriously': Pochettino questions sinking Spurs

Elena Summers
March 12, 2019

The north London side dominated the first-half at St Mary's as their manager watched on from the stands, with Harry Kane giving them a 1-0 lead at the break.

Pochettino saw Harry Kane's opener - which looked marginally offside - cancelled out by a Yan Valery strike and James Ward-Prowse's free-kick.

"I can not say that I wasn't there and that's why they played that way in the second half because we played well in the first half and I wasn't there".

"It's about complacency, it's about arrogance in a bad way".

"They went to press a bit more, we dropped a bit, played more long balls than we did in the first half and never really got control of what was going on".

Chelsea went 1-0 down courtesy of a Raul Jimenez goal in the second half and it was up to Eden Hazard to rescue his side with an injury-time equaliser.

The former Southampton coach had hinted at his frustration at his sanction before it was announced in midweek, revealing after the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund that he was "very disappointed" with the "football people in our country".

In the space of just four games, Tottenham have gone from the title race to an all-out scrap for their future in the Champions League.

Pochettino felt the setback on the south coast highlighted the club's deficiencies and provided a reality check in their quest to earn a place among Europe's elite.

"The position that we are in is a very good position", Pochettino said.

"It is about competing better for the first goal if you want to be a contender for big things. That showed that to be in the last level like a club, we need more effort, we need more quality, [to] increase your capacity of commitment", he said.

"Playing with a massive disadvantage with the first leg at Wembley and tonight I think it was a great effort and I want to congratulate my players".

After fellow strugglers Cardiff beat West Ham, Saints' success ensured they remain two points above the bottom three. "It's hard to take the feeling we've got today". "We threw it away really".

The sensational admission will shock Tottenham fans, especially given they were directly challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for top spot up until a fortnight ago.

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