Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he ‘trusts’ his players but demands they show ‘big balls’ as away day

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he ‘trusts’ his players but demands they show ‘big balls’ as away day
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Mauricio Pochettino has called on his players to show ‘big balls’ as Tottenham’s away day woes continued during their defeat at Leicester.

Spurs lost 2-1 with goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison consigning them to their second defeat of the season.

Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads they have

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Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads they have

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead in the first-half, however, they were unable to hold onto their lead.

Serge Aurier thought he had put Spurs 2-0 up but his deflected effort was chalked off after a VAR check revealed that Heung-min Son was offside in the build-up.

The game turned at that point as Spurs conceded the equaliser moments later and then collapsed to defeat.

It is remarkably hard to see whether Son was offside based on the VAR review

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It is remarkably hard to see whether Son was offside based on the VAR review

Pochettino insists he accepts the decision but suggested that the game turned against his side from that point.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface about the disallowed Spurs goal, Pochettino said: “Bad luck for us! Disappointed but I accept the rules, I accept the system of the game and I’m not going to blame or complain [about it].

“Sometimes football is difficult to explain…we go 2-0 or 1-0 up but then at some point the game turns against us.

“That’s happened in many games and of course I’m disappointed. We need to analyse to try and improve.”

This is not the first time Spurs have thrown away a lead this season – they blew a 2-0 lead in their Champions League opener to Olympiakos earlier this week.

And Pochettino’s men were guilty of blowing a 2-0 lead in their north London derby draw at Arsenal – the game finishing 2-2.

Another worrying statistic to emerge from the Leicester defeat is that it stretches Spurs’ winless run in Premier League away matches to nine games or 244 days.

However, Pochettino insists that he trusts his players to rectify that form but called on them to show ‘big balls’ in the future.

Pochettino says he trusts his players

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Pochettino says he trusts his players

He added: “I trust in my players and my squad and for sure we’re going to improve. I am happy with the performance. We played more like we did against Crystal Palace [where Spurs won 4-0].

“I like when we are winning, when we are playing in the final of the Champions League.

“These type of situations [Leicester defeat] demand the type of character and the big balls and to be brave to work hard and to try to face the problems.”