Tottenham Hotspur must be more clinical at Wembley, admits Mauricio Pochettino
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Spurs won’t play at the national stadium again until December 6 when they host APOEL, but the dead-rubber may actually be a good exercise now
Spurs must be more clinical at Wembley if they are to ensure their temporary home is a fortress for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign according to their manager.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his team drop two points in the Premier League under the arch following a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for the Baggies with just four minutes gone and although Harry Kane eventually produced an equaliser for Tottenham Hotspur, it was another poor result at Wembley against a so-called weaker side.
While Spurs have defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool in Brent during recent months, they’ve not had much success up against sides looking to sit back.
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Burnley and Swansea City have earned points at the national stadium while Barnsley, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace frustrated Tottenham for long periods before eventually losing 1-0 to the north Londoners.
“We need to only speak and talk about West Bromwich because against Swansea we played much better than against Crystal Palace,” said Pochettino, after the 1-1 draw.
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“In the end we won three points against Crystal Palace and we failed to win the three points against Swansea or against Burnley.
“We don’t need to look at how we lost the game against Chelsea at home, but I am pleased because the team had to make a massive effort after Borussia Dortmund and it was very competitive and we tried to win and score at the end, but in the last third we need to do more and be more clinical in front of goal.
“Often the team creates great chances and we have the ball arriving in great positions, but in the end it is important to be clinical in the last third.”
Spurs are not at Wembley until next Wednesday (December 6) now when APOEL visit in the final Group H match in the Champions League, but it will be a useful exercise.
Tottenham may have already secured top spot, but the dead-rubber game will provide the north Londoners with a good chance to try and break down a team which will look to defend deep at the national stadium.