Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham's UCL exit not down to inexperience

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham's UCL exit not down to inexperience
From ESPN - March 7, 2018

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino insisted that lack of experience was not to blame for Tottenham's Champions League defeat to Juventus on Wednesday.

Spurs lost 3-2 on aggregate after second-half goals from Argentinian duo Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, three minutes apart, seal Juve a 2-1 win in the round-of-16 second leg at Wembley Stadium.

Juve have reached two of the last three Champions League finals and they have won six consecutive Serie A titles, combining the Scudetto with the Coppa Italia in the last three seasons.

By contrast, Spurs -- who lead on the night through Son Heung-Min's goal and recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in Turin -- are still yet to win a trophy under Pochettino and were playing in the Champions League knockout stage for only the second time in the current format.

Juventus defenderGiorgio Chiellini suggested the relative experience helped see his side though, but Pochettino rejected that stance.

"No, no lack of experience or lack of concentration [was not to blame]," the Spurs manager said. "How many chances did we concede in the first leg and second leg today? I think we conceded three chances and they scored twice.

"We created a lot of chances and we only scored once. The reality is we conceded three chances and they scored twice and we created many, many chances. Sometimes you need some luck to win.

"But I feel very proud. We competed very well against a very good team like Juventus. We dominated and overall in the two games I think we were much better, but in this type of level, in three minutes, I think the tie was for Juventus."

Pochettino felt Spurs proved over two legs that they belong alongside the likes of Juventus and said blaming the defeat on different players or factors was "rubbish," when Spurs had simply not had the breaks.


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