Pochettino: Playing in Wembley is not the problem

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he felt embarrassed and ashamed by his sides performance in the defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Kevin Kampl’s second-half goal condemned Spurs to a second home defeat in the Champions League, in front of a club record attendance of 85, 512 at Wembley Stadium.

The defeat leaves Spurs without a win in six games and without a goal from open play in five. The Argentine manager has however said that his side must beat CSKA at the national stadium and win in Monaco to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

When asked if playing at Wembley was the factor affecting his team, he said; “Is there a better place to play football than here? Tell me one place better? That is impossible to find somewhere better than Wembley, with the history, where football was born and if you don’t show your real quality then it is a big problem, it is our problem.

“We were the problem, not Wembley. We are very disappointed with our quality,that is the problem. Please stop blaming Wembley”

“The problem is inside us. There were 85,000 people supporting us today, like against Monaco. I feel a little bit ashamed, it is embarrassing for me, but for the players as well, they feel the same. We need to find the solution, we need to find. We have time, yes. We need to win two games, yes.

“We had the possession but we need to create more. Today there’s no excuse, after two games, Monaco and Leverkusen, they were clinical in front of the goal, we weren’t which is why we lost the game.

“We must win, if not forget Champions League. We have to win against Monaco and CSKA. That is the truth that we have to win both games, if not bye, bye Champions League.”

Spurs face Arsenal in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with the Arsene Wenger’s men unbeaten in 14 matches since the opening day of the season and fresh from a brilliant comeback at Ludogorets that sealed their qualification to the knock out round of the Champions League.

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