Spurs boss Pochettino played down fans jeers in PSV win
PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 November 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino understands fans frustration as they jeered in the 62nd minute when he brought off Lucas Moura in their 2-1 Champions League win against PSV.
The Argentinean withdrew the Brazilian for Erik Lamela and the Spurs crowd widely jeered the decision, but the manager played it down after the match.
He also brought on Fernando Llorente and Kieran Trippier in place of Heung-Ming Son and Serge Aurier in the later stages of the match.
It panned out as captain Harry Kane netted twice in the final 15 minutes after originally conceding after 61 seconds Luuk De Jong nodded home from a corner.
“I understand, I like it because after nearly five years I think it’s the first time that they’ve been critical of me and didn’t agree with me, but in the end 2-1?,” the 46-year-old chuckled.
“Look it’s always difficult to take decisions; of course the fans are disappointed.
“They want to play with nine or ten strikers when you are losing the game.
“But we tried to find solutions and the solution was to put Fernando Llorente on and how arrived the goal was Llorente was there for Harry Kane or to help in the one or other side with the full-backs pushing higher with Trippier.
“It’s to find a different way to play. Sometimes people say ‘Oh, Pochettino doesn’t have a Plan B or Plan C’, but the most important thing was to have a plan, and then, like today (Tuesday) it was good to have a different way to approach and to score goals.”
The boss did praise the fans for showing up to Wembley to support his side as they hung on to their hopes of progressing into the Champions League group stages.
“I have nothing to say about the fans, I am so happy so grateful and I understand their reaction, maybe if it was me in the stand I should be the same but I am so happy, for me only I can tell the fans thank you because coming again to Wembley, supporting the team and making the effort, we cannot ask for more.”
The former Southampton manager also praised midfielder Harry Winks after the 22-year-old played a vital part in the match.
“I think he was very good, I’m so happy with him. He is playing a lot, played the last three games 90 minutes.
“The only way to grow is playing games, making mistakes and live the experience.
“I am so happy with him, today (Tuesday) as he had to play alone like a holding midfielder with Christian (Eriksen) and Dele Alli next to him.
“I think it was a massive challenge and I think his performance was very, very good. It was excellent.”