Mauricio Pochettino confident Wembley pitch has improved for PSV clash
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 07, 2018,
Nov 07, 2018, 4:30
"That is why I am happy for three points but disappointed with some of the performance". PSV's only point comes courtesy of the draw with Spurs in the Netherlands on 24 October.
If they don't win tonight, the Champions League is surely over.
The second half of that opening sentence sums up the challenge I believe Jurgen Klopp's side face on home soil this season because even if they have proved to be a match for champions Manchester City, the reality is they are in a league of their own against domestic rivals.
Despite being regulars in the group stages, Spurs boss Pochettino does not think it would be embarrassing if his side were knocked out at the group stage. When you are in possession and go forward, you need to be strong too when you are in a defensive situation.
"For me, I can only tell the fans thank you because coming again to Wembley, supporting the team and making the effort, we cannot ask for more". If you don't deserve to go, it's disappointing but not embarrassing. We need to learn.
"Pleased of course, we're always trying to improve, but with all the circumstances the team is fighting".
"We have a how and this is the most important thing we have - how we do things".
This means they are going to win every game by four, five and six goals and will go close to matching the record breaking 100-point total they ended up with last season.
Large sections of the pitch were brown, the surface was uneven and the National Football League logos and distance markings were still visible.
"They're working so hard to improve it", he said.
The hosts were awarded a second penalty in the 77th minute as Juan Foyth committed another foul in the box. The condition will be the same for both sides.
Harry Kane got the equaliser 12 minutes from time and then saw his header deflect in off Trent Sainsbury for the victor, moving Spurs to within three points of second-placed Inter with two matches left. The Euro Club Index estimates the chance of progress for Spurs at around 15%.
Although on a more positive note, Dele Alli is likely to have a place on the bench after shaking off an injury and committing his long-term future to Tottenham.