Pochettino urges Tottenham to respond quickly after Europa League exit

first_img Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side must respond quickly from their Europa League elimination ahead of their Capital Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.Spurs were defeated 3-1 on aggregate by Fiorentina with the former Southampton boss resting a number of regular starters from his line-up.But Pochettino claimed he was pleased with his side’s performance.“This one was the first final for us and all players are disappointed, but now we need to look forwards, to recover quickly, because on Sunday we have another game,” Pochettino said. “It is impossible to change the game now.“It is true that it was key, this action. You need some luck to score sometimes if you are to win the games.“It is true that the second half we made some mistakes and we take a risk and Fiorentina scored.“We did not score and, if we want to analyse the game, it is easy: Fiorentina scored, we didn’t score and in football you don’t score it is difficult to win games.“I think they scored more than us and we didn’t score. If we analyse the performance, we played very well again but didn’t score in the first half.“You only deserve to go through to the next round if you score and they scored more goals than us.”Despite the way things panned out, Pochettino insisted he had no regrets about playing Soldado ahead of in-form Kane, nor any of the other alterations he made.“Fiorentina made nine changes, we made seven changes,” the former Argentina defender said.“I don’t know how to explain – we are in a busy period and when you have a strong squad, you need to give the opportunity play to all.“It is not about selection it is about performance and our performance was very good in the first half. We deserve maybe 2-0 because I think there was a great chance for us and a clear penalty.“We played well and dominated the game, but this is football. It is easy to explain as we saw tonight.” 1last_img

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