Is Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino gambling with his comments on Hugo Lloris?


They fell behind after 29 minutes when Mexican forward Hirving Lozano opened the scoring, but goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put the North London side back in charge of the game.

The Dutch goalkeeper was a late substitute after Hugo Lloris was sent off with Spurs leading PSV 2-1 in Group B on Wednesday.

"PSV are, no disrespect, an average team who wouldn't survive in the EPL".

"We need to believe", the former Paris Saint-Germain man told Sky Sports.

"Another is when you play PSV and you have a lot of possibilities to win the game but you don't win".

In the first, Eriksen was at the top of the box and kicked it out to Kieran Trippier.

Asked whether he felt the dismissal was fair, Pochettino replied: "In my opinion I think no, but we can not blame the referee". We should have finished the game off with all the chances we created.

Gaston Pereiro grazed the Spurs crossbar but, after the break, Eriksen found the head of Kane with a perfectly flighted cross for 2-1.

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Nonetheless, with Dele Alli still on the sidelines, Eriksen's performance will provide much encouragement for Pochettino as his side enter a tricky run of games. Compensating for their self-inflicted mistakes will take a monumental effort in their final three group games.

Do not let PSV's Champions League defeats by Barcelona and Inter Milan fool you; they are one of the form sides in Europe, having won their opening nine Eredivisie games.

Lozano has been crucial to that, with eight goals and three assists to his name in the league this season.

"Now we need to win three games that we have to play and some results that help us to achieve a place for qualification - but it's hard".

"Maybe we can qualify but in the end it will be hard when the opponents [Inter Milan and Barcelona] will be tougher than the one we played today". Their Champions League hopes are slipping out of sight once again.

Tottenham Hotspur threw away their Champions League lifeline in Eindhoven yesterday evening by conceding an equaliser when down to ten men.

Alli has made only six appearances in all competitions, but he has scored two goals, against Newcastle in the Premier League and Watford in the EFL Cup.

"Of course he is disappointed like all of the team because we deserve more". Trippier then got an assist off of Lucas Moura's perfectly-placed shot.