Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 at Leicester City on Tuesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the club's official website that his side cannot continue to concede the first goal in their games.
Spurs travelled to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Tuesday night in a bid to respond from Saturday's disappointing 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion – but they were left frustrated once again.
Hosts Leicester took the lead in the first half as Jamie Vardy executed a stunning lob to beat Hugo Lloris for 1-0, before Riyad Mahrez drove from the right hand side before unleashing an unstoppable shot past Lloris into the top corner.
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring against Spurs
Substitute Erik Lamela – making his first appearance for Spurs in over a year – came off the bench to set up Harry Kane for Tottenham's only goal of the game, with stunning misses from Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente consigning Spurs to defeat.
It's now just one point from the last three Premier League games for Spurs, and a win for Manchester City against Southampton tonight will see Tottenham slip 16 points off top spot in the Premier League table.
Whilst it was all positive for Spurs entering the international break earlier this month, after wins over Real Madrid and Crystal Palace, recent results have been somewhat concerning.
Now, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has commented on the game, telling the club's official website that he was very disappointed with the performance, urging his players to change the quality they are showing on the pitch.
Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen (C) and Erik Lamela (R) leave the pitch
Pochettino added that Tottenham's major problem right now is conceding the first goal, as has been the case in every game – Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, West Brom and Leicester – since the international break, noting that Spurs cannot afford to start 1-0 down.
“I'm very disappointed with the performance in the first half, it was so poor,” said Pochettino. “You need to compete, you need to fight first of all, then play football. You cannot play football if you don't compete and fight in the Premier League. That's why we're so disappointed. It's true the game was open and we had chances to score, maybe to draw, maybe to win the game but in the end, the result was against us because of the first half. It's an example that in football, you need to respect yourself, compete and then play.”
“You can work on different systems and tactics, actions, set-pieces, everything around football but if we are poor like we were as a team in the way we played (in the first half) then it’s my responsibility first to try to talk and discover why we played in this way. If we want to win games we need to change. We need to change and start stronger from the beginning. We can’t afford like Dortmund, West Brom and today to always start 1-0 down. Why? That is the problem. We need to be strong from the beginning,” he added.