Report: Mauricio Pochettino on what Tottenham Hotspur need to learn

Mauricio Pochettino reflects on Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that his players need to learn how to “kill games”.

The Argentine made the comments following Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

North London outfit Tottenham headed into the contest on a seven-game unbeaten run and were expected by many to win all three points against their city-rivals.

Spurs did indeed take the lead through striker Harry Kane in the opening minutes of the second half, but Palace staged a brilliant comeback thereafter and scored twice.

Pochettino was disappointed with the final result and highlighted the lesson his players need to learn.

"We are very disappointed,” the Camden New Journal quotes the 42-year-old as saying. “This was a missed opportunity to stay with the top four. We need to learn how to kill games.”

“Kill games”. It is a phrase that will be familiar to all Chelsea fans, who must have heard time and time again Jose Mourinho saying them.

On many occasions when the Blues have failed to win despite taking the lead or have missed chances, Mourinho has said that his side could not ‘kill the game’.

Of course, ‘killing the game’ is a phrase that is often used by managers, but it is still interesting to note Pochettino mention it on this occasion.

Mourinho’s Chelsea this season know how to ‘kill games’, but Pochettino’s Tottenham have a long way to go.

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