Anderlecht boss singles out where Spurs went wrong, a classic Pochettino mistake?

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The north London side were bested in familiar fashion in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Anderlecht boss Besnik Hasi says his side were able to beat Tottenham Hotspur because they gave away the 'necessary space' for the Belgian team to exploit, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, a fortuitous Christian Eriksen opener looked to have set the north London side on the path to victory in Brussels but Anderlecht bounced back with two goals of their own.

And Hasi feels the fact Spurs played to win suited the home side perfectly.

Hasi is quoted as telling reporters: "It's nice to win against such a team.

"Especially after the poor start against Monaco and Qarabag - we knew it was our last chance today. In the second half, we put higher pressure on them and played with much more courage.

"After the break, we dared more with a 4-3-3 formation so we got more space and opportunities. Tottenham clearly came to win and gave the necessary space away for us to exploit."

The problem with Pochettino, of course, is that any Tottenham fan could have told you this would happen. Ahead of the Monaco clash earlier this term, the Argentine declared that his side will always go for the win.

It's a flaw with many young managers in the modern game. At Liverpool, it cost Brendan Rodgers the title when the Reds traveled to Stamford Bridge in 2014.

Real football isn't like Football Manager: sometimes taking a point is a way of achieving the ultimate aim of victory in the long term.

On the other hand, this was an Anderlecht side Tottenham should still have beaten. So does Pochettino get the blame - or his players?

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