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Fans outraged at Pochettino after Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League loss to Inter Milan

FC Internazionale v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Group B
FC Internazionale v Tottenham Hotspur – UEFA Champions League Group B

The opening day of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League saw Tottenham Hotspur go against Inter Milan in a thrilling game.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side walked into the game looking for a win to redeem themselves from the two consecutive Premier League losses they faced at the hands of Watford and Liverpool.

Inter Milan, on the other hand, looked for an explosive comeback in their first Champions League game since the 2011/12 season.

The game went in Inter Milan’s favour as the side snatched a 2-1 victory over the Premier League side at the San Siro.

Late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino condemned the Spurs to their third consecutive defeat so far in this season.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen opened the bank ten minutes after halftime when a deflected strike went over Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Spurs were dominating possession for the entirety of the second half and were looking towards a definite win.

Their hopes were, however, squandered when Inter’s Icardi scored a stunning equalizer with just five minutes on the clock.

This was followed by a corner that was converted by match hero Matias Vecino who headed past the goalkeeper at stoppage time to give the team their first victory in the competition.

Prior to the game, Spurs fans were given bad news as Tottenham announced that France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will miss the game owing to a thigh injury while Dele Alli is recovering from a hamstring strain. Defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld had also been left out of the starting XI despite being fit to play.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Pochettino said, “We still have out Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko. They are in London. For a technical decision, Kieran Tripper and Toby Alderweireld are there [in London] too.”

“It’s a technical decision. You can look it up in the dictionary,” Pochettino said. “You are clever enough to understand that … I never punish players. The plan is to leave them there and use different players tomorrow. There’s nothing in behind it.”

Fans have since expressed their outrage at Pochettino and the team on social media:

Ricky Sacks @RickSpur
As much as we adore the bloke hopefully it is a wake-up call for himself aswell to take a long hard look at his timing of the substitutions along with his overall in-game management.

Losing 2-0, brings on a defensive mid

cjd78@cjd78

Crisis at 3 defeats on the spin, surely is under real pressure to keep his job, Alli, Kane & Eriksen must be considering their futures

Jordan Bolds@J_BoldsyEra67

Performance was absolute bollocks. Sad part was Liverpool wasn’t all that great, very beatable, since we chose to play terrible, they deserved the victory. Sick to death of it Man, tired of the how great we are talk, but with no silverware, sick of it. Time to change.

Michael SW@mikesolwil
Thing is will actually read the fans’ response and do something about it? Can’t believe how utterly lacking in energy and passion they were today. It’s football! Try to win the game folks! Did he ever urge us on from the sidelines?

Fox@TheTravails

Mashed Up By Moura@rich20101982
POCHETTINO OUT GET OUT MY CLUB YOU ABSOLUTE MUPPET THIS IS UR FAULT

JÆ.@JaeDavies23

Jen@jibberjabber888
When is going to drop . Tired and creates nothing. Lucas and son upfront would be tasty! The whole team need a kick up the arse!
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