Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pochettino admits Tottenham's Champions League campaign is 'nearly over'

Pochettino admits Tottenham's Champions League campaign is 'nearly over'

Mauricio Pochettino conceded Tottenham's Champions League campaign is all but over following Wednesday's 2-2 draw with PSV.

Lloris was given a straight red card after racing out of his goal and scything down Lozano, and Spurs were unable to survive the loss of their captain, with De Jong prodding home Pablo Rosario's mishit shot.

"I think it's easy to judge the game", he said.

PSV have won just two of their last 15 Champions League games against English sides and are winless in their last 10 games in the competition (W0, D4, L6). We need to be more aggressive and score more than two because you can always concede when the result is tight. "If not, the opponent is alive".

But, when Lozano threatened to catch a through-ball in the 78th minute, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris came rushing out of and caught the Mexican winger with his knee, AFP reported.

Christian Eriksen, making his first start after a month out with an abdominal injury, was involved in the buildup for Lucas Moura's equaliser and set up Harry Kane for Spurs' second.

"Pochettino added: "[Our chances of qualifying] are almost over. "We'll see what happens with Barca and Inter".

"Today the circumstances were against us but, again, we're not going to blame (anyone). If someone wants to blame a person, it's myself to blame because I am responsible for the team". "The players are only there to play".

However, Pochettino said there was no reason to blame Lloris, who brought down Lozano with a rash sliding challenge outside the area.

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It saw Spurs locked with PSV on one point in Group B, eight points behind leaders Barcelona and five behind Inter Milan. "It is an action that happens often and sometimes football is like this".

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has come under fire from fans after his insane red card proved costly in the Champions League. "I think we can qualify and we believe".

"Another is when you play PSV and you have a lot of possibilities to win the game but you don't win". It was under control, we were playing well and the PSV fans were disappointed.

Davinson Sanchez thought he had levelled just four minutes later, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

But Pochettino and his side will at least have an opportunity to right Wednesday's wrongs when they face PSV at Wembley on 6 November, in a match of crucial importance for both sides.

And despite a few moments of rustiness, the Dane was at the heart of everything good for Pochettino's side.

Lucas Moura continually found space between the lines (until he was subbed off for Erik Lamela) and outside backs Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies got down the flanks to get off crosses throughout the match.

Tottenham will be without Danny Rose as the full-back is still nursing a groin injury while Dele Alli remains on the sidelines as he's working his way back to full fitness following a hamstring strain.

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