May 10, 2015 10:20:16 UK
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino slammed his players following their dismal display in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Stoke City.
Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Mame Diouf all scored for the Potters while Spurs had Vlad Chiriches sent off for two yellow cards.
You could see in the first half that they were better than us and we gave them the opportunity to score. We were poor.
Pochettino accepted it was one of his team’s worst displays of the season and had no excuses after the match.
The former Southampton boss said: “I think we were poor from the beginning.
“You could see in the first half that they were better than us and we gave them the opportunity to score. We were poor.”
Spurs are 1.36 to finish in the top six while Southampton can be backed at 3.00.
Tottenham are three points behind Liverpool – who have a match in hand – and are just one point ahead of Southampton in the chase for a Europa League spot.
Chiriches picked up his first booking for dragging down Jon Walters before knocking Diouf off the ball, and Pochettino did not disagree with the Romanian’s dismissal, saying: “From my position, it is difficult to know if it was a red card or not, but that is no excuse. We need to play better from the beginning of the game.”
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