Mauricio Pochettino shoulders blame for Ajax Amsterdam loss

Mauricio Potchettino
Mauricio Potchettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino took the blame for the defeat to Ajax Amsterdam, admitting that he got the tactics wrong on the night.

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The North London head Amsterdam needing nothing less than a win after suffering a 1-0 defeat in the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Spurs were without Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Harry Winks, while they lost Jan Vertonghen to injury in the first half.

However, Pochettino admitted the approach they started with played a vital role in their demise on home soil.

"Watching now of course I can accept it was a mistake the shape we used," Pochettino told BT Sport.
"But there were not too many options. I am not happy - you cannot guess what happens if we play in a different way. But our lack of energy and [we were] a little sloppy.
"It was the not the shape that conceded the goal. Our approach to the game was not good. I am the manager so I have responsibility."