Poch concerned by slow starts

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino growing concerned by Spurs’ slow starts Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 06:51 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) harrykane - Cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City Premier League Tottenham’s away-day woes continued at Leicester City and the club’s manager has spotted a worrying trend in his side’s performances Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham they must quickly address their poor starts to matches after falling to a 2-1 loss at Leicester City on Tuesday.Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored stunners to leave the Foxes two goals to the good by half-time and, despite Harry Kane scoring as part of a late onslaught from the visitors, Spurs fell to a first Premier League defeat at the King Power Stadium.Spurs 4/5 to beat Watford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tottenham have now lost three consecutive league games for the first time since March 2014 and boss Pochettino has noticed a worrying trend in matches.”We did not play in the way we normally play. The first half was a poor performance and it was difficult after that to get back into the game,” he told BBC Sport.”We feel very disappointed in our performance. We started the game not in the right way and we conceded the opportunity to them to score. “At 2-0 down it is difficult. We need to improve the way we start. It happened against West Brom and Borussia Dortmund.”FULL-TIME: @HKane pulls a goal back late on, but it’s not enough as we lose out to Leicester at the King Power Stadium. pic.twitter.com/aWpHGmKd45— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 28, 2017Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente each missed great opportunities either side of Harry Kane’s goal, while Danny Rose was denied a last-gasp penalty with referee Anthony Taylor deciding he had not been fouled by Wilfred Ndidi.But Pochettino was reluctant to speak about the decision, adding: “I don’t know. I said last week I don’t want to speak anymore about the decision of the referee.”One positive for Spurs, who will be 16 points off the top of the table if Manchester City beat Southampton on Wednesday, was the return of winger Erik Lamela after over a year on the sidelines having undergone surgery on both hips.The Argentina winger laid on the assist for Kane and Pochettino is confident Lamela has a big part to play going forward.”His quality will be important for us in the future,” he said. “I am happy for him to play 15 minutes.”last_img read more