Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 at Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Tim Sherwood has told talkSPORT that he thinks he's seeing Mauricio Pochettino 'rumbled' for the first time as Spurs boss.
Tottenham started the season well with three wins in the first three games, but a bizarre lull has arrived after the 3-0 win away at Manchester United.
Spurs lost 2-1 at Watford having led 1-0, lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool and then lost 2-1 – again – away at Inter Milan having also been 1-0 up in that game too.
Christian Eriksen's opener at the San Siro was cancelled out by an equaliser from Mauro Icardi, before Matias Vecino won it at the death for the hosts.
That means that Pochettino has now lost three games in a row for the first time as Tottenham manager, leaving the Argentinian a little rattled in press conferences.
There are a number of issues facing Spurs, as they failed to bring in any new signings over the summer, haven't yet moved into their new stadium and have seen club captain Hugo Lloris become embroiled in off-field issues.
Sherwood noted that Pochettino should be irritated that his side didn't beat a 'bang average' Inter side, and believes that he is 'rumbled' for the first time at Tottenham, but did praise Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane for their performances on Tuesday night.
“He would be irritated on the back of that,” said Sherwood. “I was pleasantly surprised by how toothless Inter Milan were, I mean how average were they? 15th place in Serie A tells a story and I thought Tottenham would cruise to victory and when they went ahead I thought everything was great. But Mauro Icardi got them out of jail with a wonderful volleyed strike and then they scored again another set piece, another headed goal, which seems to be the Achilles heel. It’s very difficult when you’re sitting in front of the press. If Spurs got what they actually deserved, nobody is asking any of those questions, but that’s the nature of the press and you’ve just got to take it on the chin. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Poch rumbled at Tottenham.”
“He’s doing nothing wrong, He’s a fantastic manager and he’s going along the right lines, it’s just a difficult spell results-wise. On the balance of play Mauricio would have gone into the dressing room and said, ‘you deserved more than that’. Sometimes you’ve got to rotate your squad, and he’s bringing in other international players. They certainly did enough, Tottenham were a different level entirely to Inter Milan. Alright, they lost the game, but sometimes you’ve got to take the result out of it, especially as a manager otherwise you drive yourself mad. You’ve got to look at the performance – Aurier did ok last night, Dembele and Eriksen ran the midfield, Harry Kane didn’t score again but his hold up play was decent. Overall there were a lot of positives in that game and I think they will be looking forward to getting Inter at Wembley – they’re 15th in Serie A for a reason, because they’re bang average,” he added.
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