Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: We created our own problems

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: We created our own problems

Erik Lamela says he told countryman Juan Foyth to relax after the defender conceded two penalties in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-2 win away at Wolves.

Then some poor defending from the hosts contributed to the visitors' second in the 29th minute.

Spurs lost ground last time out, going down to a single Riyad Mahrez goal against champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium last time out in the league, leaving them a point outside the top four.

But the Argentine's mood does seem to have lifted following his team's win over Wolves on Saturday, though the result at Molineux might not have as much to do with it as the return of Pochettino's favourite White House-based series.

Son Heung-min was introduced and helped lift the mood, providing the pass from which Lamela punished sleepy marking in the 27th minute.

DF Kieran Trippier, 5 - Delivered a fine half-volleyed cross for Lucas' goal, but cancelled that out at the other end when his attempt to nutmeg an opponent in a risky area led to Wolves' first penalty.

Wolves had a goal disallowed for offside before halftime, although replays appeared to show that it was an incorrect decision. They have pace to burn on the flanks, and if there is any weariness in the home line-up after all their recent games, Hugo Lloris could be in for a busy night.

Neves buried the penalty and soon after, Costa should have made it 3-2 when he was slipped in but prodded wide with just Lloris to beat. 3-2 Game on!

The final 10 minutes were horribly nervy for Tottenham, but they fought their way over the line and now find themselves back in the thick of the title race, in fourth position on goal difference.

62- Goal! Harry Kane lashes it home from close range!

Tottenham really should have won in the Netherlands two weeks ago, so it is perhaps no great surprise that they are heavy [1.4] favourites to make amends on Tuesday. Lucas with an emphatic header!

But Pochettino, whose side are now fifth in the Premier League, made his case for remaining with Tottenham as he talked passionately about returning the clubs to their famous 1961 double-winning glory days.

The next Real Madrid manager will have some serious work to do if they want to salvage the Spanish club's season after a disappointing start. Now, the pressure will be on the former Valencia boss to deliver, especially after a run of defeats.

Spurs' 1-0 defeat last Monday night came just 24 hours after the final National Football League game at the stadium, and the pitch was still emblazoned with National Football League branding due to the potential for too much paint-washing to damage it even further.

Dele Alli became the latest key man to sign a new long-term contract on Monday when he agreed terms on a six-year deal to take him through to 2024. Alli is likely to play some part in the game on Saturday, however, Eric Dier has been ruled out till after the global break with an injury.

One thing Nuno was pleased about was seeing Wolves get back to scoring ways after the blanks against Brighton and Watford.

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