Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of their lack of aggression after his side followed a glum goalless draw in Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League during midweek with a dreadful 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, who deserved their first win of the new season in the English Premier League.
Pochettino’s Tottenham struggled for any penetration throughout the match being on the back foot for most of the time and operated at a particularly slow and limp tempo, something the manager felt played into Alan Irvine’s side’s hands.
Pochettino also accused his side’s lack of respect to West Brom, who sat at the foot of the Premier League table before their trip to North London.
“West Brom arrived here with only two points and last in the table but we need to show respect. We were wrong, lack of movement. You need to be aggressive,” Pochettino said.
Spurs’ lack of aggression was clear with the likes of midfielder Etienne Capoue barely getting into the match throughout the 90 minutes, with striker Emmanuel Adebayor offering too little in attack, a theme continued by substitute Roberto Soldado.
Pochettino felt that his side looked nervous, with a home defeat to Liverpool and a frustrating draw with Sunderland derailing them from a solid start to the new Premier League season.