Alan Smith: This is what will sting Pochettino the most after Tottenham defeat
By Dominic Toner
Alan Smith believes that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be reeling over the fact his side played well in the defeat to Chelsea.
Spurs suffered a 4-2 loss on Saturday at Wembley as they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals.
The north London club responded twice to going behind, but in the end a clinical Chelsea attack proved too much.
They were confident in possession and were battling well against the Premier League leaders, but their poor Wembley record continued.
Spurs have now won just once in their last nine games at the national stadium.
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Sky Sports pundit Smith feels that Spurs gave a great account of themselves at the weekend and states that it will infuriating for Pochettino that they lost.
“Tottenham played some great football on Saturday,” Smith told Sky Sports. ”Christian Eriksen’s pass for Dele Alli’s goal was wonderful.
“The defeat will sting for Spurs. They didn’t do a whole lot wrong and for that reason it will hurt Mauricio Pochettino and his side.”
Spurs’ eight-game winning run across all competitions came to an end at the weekend, but they are still enjoying a strong season.
They are still waiting for their first piece of silverware under Pochettino, but there is a real belief at White Hart Lane that they are on the verge of something special.
Pochettino’s side are now focused on the Premier League title as they aim to make up the four point gap to leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted to N’Golo Kante winning the PFA Player of the Year award.