Pochettino makes shock accusations against Tottenham stars after loss v West Ham
By Russell Edge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side may well have allowed themselves to become complacent after surrendering a 2-0 lead in their League Cup defeat to West Ham on Wednesday.
Despite goals from Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli giving Spurs a 2-0 half time lead at Wembley, the Hammers fought back, with a brace from Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew cancelling the Lilywhites’ goals out.
At 2-2, it was Angelo Ogbonna who scored the decisive goal, heading home past Michel Vorm to see the visitors through to the quarter finals and end Tottenham’s hopes of adding to their four League Cup triumphs of the past.
Speaking after the game, Spurs manager Pochettino was non-committal on saying his side were complacent, but made the shock accusation that his players were lacking motivation, suggesting they were not on the same “mental level” as West Ham.
The Argentinian coach told Sky Sports: “We scored two goals and the game looked over. In the second half there was a lack aggression, the game was completely different and we conceded three goals in 15 minutes.
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“When you are not on the same mental level, it’s difficult because you can concede one goal.
“After Real Madrid and Liverpool it’s difficult to keep the motivation, it’s difficult to keep the energy.
“You have to be more mature when you’re 2-0 up.”
Tottenham will look to get over the defeat when they take on Manchester United on Saturday, knowing that victory would see them overtake the Red Devils into second place in the league table
Three points would also see them move, albeit potentially temporarily, within two points of leaders Manchester City, who play West Brom later in the day.
In other Tottenham news, a top journalist has made a shock claim about the club’s defeat to the Hammers.