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Poch blasts arrogant Spurs

10th March 2019, 01:30 by Michael Holland

Mauricio Pochettino accused Tottenham's players of arrogance and complacency following the 2-1 defeat at Southampton.

Spurs, buoyed by the news their new stadium will open early next month, dominated the opening period at St Mary's and went ahead through Harry Kane's 200th career goal for club and country.

But quick-fire goals from Saints pair Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse in the final 15 minutes dented Spurs' top-four ambitions, while keeping the struggling hosts out of the drop zone.

Pochettino, who watched from the stands as he began a two-match touchline ban, was angered by an alarming second-half display which came on the back of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.

"We showed a lack of aggressiveness, lack of the hunger that you need to kill the games and win," said the Argentinian. "We played the first half like (one of) the best eight teams in Europe but in the second half we need to watch the game, we need to analyse and we need to be critics with ourselves.

"I am so, so, so disappointed. I am a little bit worried about this change from the first half to the second half - it's only one thing, it's mental.

"It's about complacency, it's about arrogance in a bad way.

"You can use the first half as an example of (positive) arrogance, playing with intention, focus, concentration, we matched them in everything and we were much better.

"And in the second half it's the arrogance in a bad way. We need to blame all of us, the club."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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