Pochettino refuses to blame Kane or Lloris after Spurs suffer Chelsea defeat
PUBLISHED: 07:33 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:19 04 December 2014
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Mauricio Pochettino shielded his players from blame after Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea continued their wretched run at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs have not won away to Chelsea in 25 years, and their miserable run continued on Wednesday night thanks to clinical strikes from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy.
It could have been a different story if Harry Kane’s early header not come back off the woodwork, and if goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had been able to prevent Hazard’s opener, but Pochettino refused to blame individuals and took heart from his side’s impressive opening to the match.
He said: “If Harry had scored, it would have been a different game. We have a good team, but it wasn’t easy to turn around the result.
“In the second half, we created some chances but it wasn’t our night. We came to get the three points, we showed our intentions from the beginning.”
On Lloris, who let Hazard’s strike squeeze under his body at his near post, Pochettino added: “It’s my responsibility. “We try to play from the back, but this is football.
“We like to play brave football and score. I’m not happy, but we need to look forward.”
He added: “We started well, but after their first goal, they soon scored their second and the game changed.
“At 3-0 it was hard, but we need to take the positives from the game.”
On Spurs’ dismal run at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino said: “If you watch the game back, it will show we believed we could get a positive result.
“They had two chances and scored them both.”