Tottenham loss the first leg of the leg UEFA Champions league semi-final match at home to Ajax yesterday night. Almost the fist half of the game saw Ajax in control of the game. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted he got his tactics wrong in their 1-0 defeat to Ajax.
Ajax’s team was mostly filled with young, vibrant and talented youngsters. Which pinned Spurs back during a completely dominant opening 30 minutes. Tottenham played a 5-3-2 formation which wasn’t enough to bring down Ajax. Ajax were able to find the opening in midfield and capitalized on it as Donny van de Beek netted a priceless away goal.
Tottenham boss also admitted that “Watching now of course i can accept it was a mistake the formation we used. But there were not too many options. I am not happy you cannot guess what happens if we play in a different way. But our lack of energy and [we were] a little sloppy. It was the not the shape that conceded the goal. Our approach to the game was not good. I am the manager so I have responsibility.”
Furthermore, Mauricio Pochettino also added that, “After we conceded the goal – 25 to 30 minutes in – we started to be in the game. And when Moussa Sissoko was in, he provided good energy and we played better. Second half we pushed them deeper and pressurized in a way we wanted. The second half gives us hope for the second leg.”
However, lots of ex-Premier League players has been voicing out their opinion and preview of the game. One on them which include formal premier ship defender Liam Rosenior speaking on The Debate “he stated that “What would Mauricio Pochettino have learned? Not to play 3-5-2 against Ajax! As soon as they changed to a diamond, they pressed Ajax higher up the pitch. He also added that “Being 1-0 down is hard. Ajax have some slicker and sharper young players. But Tottenham will have learned some tactical lessons. And having Heung-Min Son back will be huge plus to them. considering the fact that Ajax leave big spaces in behind.”
Finally, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag shrugged off Mauricio Pochettino’s suggestion that Ajax have an unfair advantage before Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg in London against Tottenham. The Dutch side have had a week off to prepare for this match, whereas Spurs played on Saturday, losing 1-0 to West Ham in the Premier League. the second leg of the encounter will be on the 8th May 2019.