Tottenham boss blasts Spurs defence despite 2-1 Europa League win

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at his side’s defence despite their 2-1 away win against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League, Sky Sports reports.

The London club are now close to qualifying for the knock-out stages after inflicting the Greek club’s first ever home loss in European competition.

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Spurs took the early initiative and looked to be cruising to another Europa League victory after Andros Townsend and Harry Kane grabbed a goal each, but Asteras rallied in the second half and almost brought the game level with Tottenham defender Federico Fazio also sent off in a nervy finish.

“I think that during the first half we were better than Asteras,” Pochettino said. “We played well during some moments and scored two goals.

“After half-time, they started well and created one chance very early. We had some chances to score the third goal but in football it’s difficult because Asteras start to play and to be confident in the game.

“They created some chances and at the end with the Fazio penalty and him being sent off, it made it difficult in the last four or five minutes – but we are happy.

“We came to get the three points, the result is good and I am happy.”

“We need to improve, we need to work, we need to realise we need to improve in different aspects of the game.

“I think that we played very well but the second half was different and we need to review the game and improve.”

Next up for Spurs is Stoke City, with the game being played at White Hart Lane this weekend.