Pochettino discusses Spurs’ loss to City: We never gave up

The former Southampton boss was naturally disappointed after losing 4-1 to Manchester City, but felt Tottenham were unlucky.

Spurs fell to a 4-1 defeat away to Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, with Jonathan Moss giving out four penalties, three to the home side, and Sergio Aguero scoring all four City goals.

The game exploded into life with Aguero opening the scoring in the 13th minute only for the impressive Christian Eriksen to equalise within minutes. The former Atletico striker then put his side ahead again with the first of three penalties given to City. It was then that the game was most closely contested, with Aguero seeing a second penalty saved by Hugo Lloris, and Roberto Soldado seeing his own penalty saved by Joe Hart in the secod half.

The key moment was when Federico Fazio was dismissed for another penalty on his league debut, as Aguero put the Citizens 3-1 up and completed his hat trick, and from there on the result was a formality, with the Argentine adding a fourth soon after.

The Spurs boss echoed the feelings of watching spectators by stating he thought the scoreline flattered City.

“I’m really disappointed with the result because it doesn’t reflect the situation in the game,” said Pochettino.

“They (the supporters) were unbelievable and created a big atmosphere for us,” he said. “It’s just a shame we can’t offer them three points or a good result today.

“For me, there were two key moments, the Soldado penalty and the penalty in the first half, Lamela (foul on Lampard), the first penalty.

“But this is football. It’s important to take the positives and try to improve. We never gave up.”

Tottenham now face Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League on Thursday night, where they will be eager to get their first win of the group stage under their belt.

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