Tottenham suffered yet another thrashing at the hands of Liverpool at White Hart Lane after a 3-0 defeat during the weekend. Last season, Brendan Rodgers’ team ran out 5-0 winners in a performance that was inspired by Luis Suarez. A lot of changes to the teams have taken place since then with Tottenham bringing in former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino to take the team back to the Champions League. Liverpool, meanwhile, lost their star asset in the former Suarez to Barcelona over the summer. Despite this, Tottenham looked far away from Liverpool throughout the 90 minutes.
After the match, Pochettino gave his damning verdict that Tottenham have to improve a lot in order to compete for a top four place. The North London team came into the encounter after having won the opening two matches, but this defeat is a major setback especially given that it occurs just before the international break. Most of the Tottenham players, who will not be involved in internationals over the next fortnight, will be reflecting on this defeat for a long period. Pochettino spoke about the importance of recovering from this defeat as soon as possible.
Tottenham have a tough round of fixtures coming up with matches in the Europa League followed by opponents like Arsenal and Manchester City in the league.
“Today was a very tough day for us. I think the key to our defeat was the start of the second half when there was a soft penalty. We played OK but were unlucky in the key moments. It was a very soft penalty but we need to improve. We need to build our confidence and build our future. We have a lot of games ahead. Sometimes you improve from your victories but you need to improve too from your defeats,” said Pochettino.