Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with defeat to West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of lacking aggression, report the Mirror, after Spurs followed up a limp performance in Belgrade in the Europa League with a dreadful 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, who thoroughly deserved their first victory of the season.
Pochettino’s side struggled for any penetration throughout the match and played into West Brom’s hands by operating at a particularly slow, limp tempo – something that Pochettino felt played into Alan Irvine’s side’s hands.
He also accused his side of showing a lack of respect to West Brom, who sat at the foot of the table before their trip to North London:
“West Brom arrived here with only two points and last in the table but we need to show respect. We were wrong, lack of movement. You need to be aggressive.”
A lack of aggression was clear in Tottenham’s play throughout the match, with the likes of midfielder Etienne Capoue absolutely passengers throughout the 90 minutes and striker Emmanuel Adebayor offering very little in attack, a theme continued by substitute Roberto Soldado.
Pochettino also felt that his side looked nervous, despite largely having made a solid start to the Premier League season – although a home defeat to Liverpool and frustrating draw at Sunderland have derailed them slightly.