Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reacts to his side’s 1-0 defeat

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Tottenham boss,Mauricio Pochettino has blame his side’s 1-0 defeat by Ajax in their Champions League Semi-finals first leg to poor start.

The defeat is a second at home since they unveiled their new stadium.

Ajax’s van de Beek collected Hakim Ziyech’s pass and calmly shot past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to ensure his side has the led as they struggle for a place in the finals.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game,Pochettino said itwas a lack of energy at start;

“First half we started not in a good way. Ajax showed more energy, it was difficult for us to play. It was our lack of energy.

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“After we conceded the goal – 25 to 30 minutes in we started to be in the game. Moussa Sissoko provided good energy.

“Second half we pushed them and tried to create chances. It was an even game in the second half. We are alive. It’s only 1-0 down. We need to believe we can go there and win the game.

About using a five-man defence he said:”Watching now of course I can accept it was a mistake the shape we used. But there were not too many options. I am not happy – you cannot guess what happens if we play in a different way. But our lack of energy… and a little sloppy.

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“It was the not the shape that conceded the goal. Our approach to the game was not good. I am the manager so i have responsibility.”

When he was asked about Vertonghen’s head injury “We will assess him in the next few days and we will see he said.

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