Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino apparently has support for striker Roberto Soldado, and claimed the Spaniard did not “need to apologise” for his six-yard miss in Spurs’ 4-2 replay victory over Burnley in the English FA Cup on Wednesday.
Soldado diverted the Clarets’ Ross Wallace’s free-kick into his own net, but responded with two assist – but struck the bar with the goal at his mercy from point-blank range.
The 29-year-old’s latest goal drought has now reached five games, but Pochettino still believes “the goals will arrive”.
“In football you don’t need to apologise, because we are sorry for him because I think he deserved a goal,” he said.
“But in football the actions, maybe it’s difficult to explain, but I am happy with his performance and his attitude on the pitch.”
“All he needs to do is to try to be the best he can in every training session, and the goals will arrive.”
“Always it’s a tough period for a striker when he doesn’t score, but I am very happy with his performance, and he knows that we support him.”
“We can talk about different things but for me the most important thing is that he always fights and tries to do his best.”
“His attitude was perfect; he was only missing a goal.”
“But in football when you work hard, when you try every day and try to give your best, rewards always arrive.”