Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes “two key moments” cost his side as they lost 4-1 away at Manchester City on Saturday, an exciting English Premier League encounter which produced four penalties, half of them converted, and a red card for Spurs’ Premier League debutant Federico Fazio, which sparked a late collapse for the Londoners.
Pochettino’s side had been very much in the contest until that point, with Christian Eriksen cancelling out City’s Sergio Aguero’s early opener, but netted another three goals for a final 4-1 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium to leave Spurs reflecting on what might have been, with key decisions going against the visitors and Roberto Soldado missing from the spot when presented with an opportunity to make it 2-2.
“I’m really disappointed with the result because it doesn’t reflect the situation in the game,” Pochettino told Spurs TV.
“For me, there were two key moments: the Soldado penalty and the penalty in the first half, (Erik) Lamela (foul on Frank Lampard), the first penalty.”
“But this is football. It’s important to take the positives and try to improve. We never gave up.”
The Argentinian manager is now eager to set his sights away from a forgettable result and now hopes his side’s loyal band of travelling supporters will do likewise as they prepare for a UEFA Europa League Group Stage home match with Asteras on Thursday.
He added: “They were unbelievable and created a big atmosphere for us.”
“It’s just a shame we can’t offer them three points or a good result today.”