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Mauricio Pochettino critical of Tottenham's defending

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London,...

Tottenham Hotspur suffered their first defeat of the new Premier League season over the weekend.

Joelinton of Newcastle United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in...

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he doesn't like Tottenham conceding in the first half 'again' and the manner in which they have been giving away 'cheap goals'.

On Sunday, Spurs suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Steve Bruce's Newcastle, who went into the game with zero points to their name and the desire of their players being questioned. Well, they answered that in a pretty emphatic fashion against the North London outfit. 

Nonetheless, on the opening day of the season, Spurs had fallen one behind to Aston Villa in the first half, only for Christian Eriksen to come off the bench and help them to victory. He or his teammates weren't able to replicate that against the Magpies. 

 

Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League (25/08/2019 at 7:00 pm), Pochettino stated that he 'needs to tell the truth' when talking about Spurs' problems on the pitch. 

"I think to concede again in the first half in a transition, a very cheap goal like we did against Aston Villa, that worries me," Pochettino told Sky Sports PL. "We didn't show the consistency or the capacity when going forward. We didn't create, we had dominated possession but we didn't create enough chances. 

"I don't want to justify. I need to tell the truth. Very disappointed with the performance and the result."

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur...

Tottenham needed late goals to beat Aston Villa at the start of the month and they then conceded 30 shots during their 2-2 draw at Manchester City. 

Considering Spurs are putting in these types of performances in, and they are days before their North London showdown with Arsenal, it will no doubt worry the supporters.  

But that mouthwatering encounter is the perfect game for Pochettino's players to prove their worth once again and provide them with that much-needed lift. 

Manager of Arsenal Unai Emery, (R) and Manager of Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino, (L) look on from the sidelines during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

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