Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that the team’s defeat to Leverkusen in front of 85,000 fans at Wembley Stadium was “embarrassing” and Paul Walsh has said that the team’s performance was a “debacle”.
Kevin Kampl found the back of the net in the 65th minute to inflict Spurs’ second straight defeat at Wembley and leave their Champions League last 16 hopes hanging by a thread.
The team are playing their Champions League home games at Wembley Stadium due to the redevelopment of White Hart Lane but Pochettino has said that the players don’t have a psychological block when playing at the stadium.
Speaking after the game he said, “”We can put a lot of excuses out now. Maybe if I want to put excuses out I can say ‘yes [we do have a psychological block]’, but I don’t want to. Tell me one place better in the world to play than here? It’s where football was born. If we don’t show the quality, it’s our fault.”
The defeat means that Tottenham are now third in Group E behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen with two games remaining. The team will next travel to Monaco on November 22 before ending the campaign back at Wembley Stadium against CSKA Moscow. If they are to have a chance of reaching the next stage of the competition they really need to win both of the games.
The team are currently without a win in six games in all competitions and today’s North London derby will be a real test.
Mousa Dembele is in doubt for the game after he picked up an ankle injury in the defeat to Leverkusen and the team could also be without Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld.