Pochettino Blames Lloris For Barcelona Loss

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Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino believes their 4-2 loss to Barcelona was not down to Messi’s brilliance, but to the error made by Lloris.

The Spurs were on the back foot as early as the the 92 seconds mark, when a Lloris error led to a Coutinho opener.

However, Messi hit the upright three times before scoring a brace in the convincing win at Wembley.

While acknowledging Messi’s quality, manager Pochettino felt his goalkeeper’s error led to Tottenham’s second consecutive loss in Group B.

“If you watch football and understand it, you will know how hard is to come out of the dressing room and find yourself 1-0 down so early,” Pochettino said.

“It’s so difficult after this for the team to feel confident to play. It’s so tough. When you play at this level you can’t concede these type of chances.

“When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything. The emotion becomes tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and [Luis] Suarez.”

“We didn’t concede one chance to Messi in the first half. In the second half, he had more space and that is difficult to stop,” added Pochettino. “If you watch the first half again, how many chances did he have? Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

“Come on, move on, because in the first half we concede in the first minutes. We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.


“Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Co. Lucas Moura could have equalised. Then you would have said ‘we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world.'”



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