Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pochettino makes Champions League admission after PSV draw

Pochettino makes Champions League admission after PSV draw

Both sides badly needed a win after losing their first two matches and it was reflected in a fast, open match.

PSV, the 1988 European champions and ideal so far this season in the Dutch Eredivisie, have failed to win any of their Champions League matches this year, following a winless campaign last season. You draw and we put in a unsafe situation our chances of qualification.

"It's hard to judge the game", he said.

The French World Cup victor was immediately shown a red card, with Spurs manager Mauricio Pocchettino taking off Heung-Min Son for second-choice 'keeper Michel Vorm.

Speaking about the winger, he told Dutch daily the Algemeen Dagblad: "When it became clear in the summer that he would stay with us, I think Lozano made a plan for himself".

Asked whether he felt the dismissal was fair, Pochettino replied: "In my opinion I think no, but we can not blame the referee".

Lloris was at fault in Spurs' last Champions League clash against Barcelona but Pochettino revealed he didn't apologise to his team-mates afterwards.

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Pochettino's men likely need to win all three of their remaining games to qualify and face PSV at Wembley in their next fixture.

Despite Alderweireld running back to block, Lozano's effort deflected off the Belgian's boot to send the ball over a rooted Lloris.

Lucas Moura equalised before half-time and when Kane nodded in a cross from fit-again Christian Eriksen Spurs looked destined for victory.

Lloris's decision to rush out of his box and slide into Hirving Lozano, earning a straight red card, was a turning point but Pochettino said: "I'm not going to blame any player".

It appeared Spurs would hold on, but de Jong popped up in the dying minutes to snatch a point away from the north London side.

"This result leaves us in the same position in the ranking", said PSV coach Mark van Bommel. We should have finished the game off, but that's Champions League football. "In the end we have to be happy with a point". We should have finished the game off with all the chances we created.

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