Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: We created our own problems

Michail Antonio must try to wrestle his place back from Grady Diangana

Michail Antonio must try to wrestle his place back from Grady Diangana

Tottenham travel to Wolves this evening in a 7.45pm kick-off, before a crucial Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven this Tuesday at Wembley. It's risky to say this or this one.

Tottenham lost Mousa Dembele to an early injury and struggled to settle in the opening 15 minutes, although the Belgian's replacement Son Heung-min played a role in both goals as Spurs hit Wolves with a quickfire double against the run of play. "We are always in control of the ball and we always try to press the opponent".

7 - Pochettino faced a hard situation after losing Dembele right at the start, having to change his tactics and also introduce players who were meant to be resting at the end of a hectic week.

Dembele has become the third central midfielder to suffer an injury in the last week, leaving Pochettino short of options at a busy time, but Dele Alli is available after being rested against Wolves and Victor Wanyama's knee injury is not serious.

If holding such a session could render the pitch unfit to play the next day, an alternative, UEFA-approved training ground must be made available, and the visiting team must still be allowed to visit the match venue to familiarise themselves. Maybe for Saturday he will be available [against Crystal Palace]. It's possible. He needs to work a lot to get in his best condition to build his fitness.

Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura (second right) scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

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Pochettino has seen pictures of the pitch and says it is on the mend.

"I don't understand the problem that happens with some comments", he said, with Tottenham three points off Premier League leaders Liverpool. There's a small chance to go to the next stage - that's the reality. We need to learn.

The hosts tried to rally immediately after the break but Hugo Lloris denied Jimenez, Helder Costa and Neves in quick succession.

"The players are confident in me". Each has a 33 percent possibility.

That match - which City won 1-0 - was less than 24 hours after an National Football League game on the same pitch, and gridiron markings and wear and tear were clearly visible. Pochettino said. "Because we are so handsome and we are walking down the street in London and she is so proud about you because another woman looks at you. There's nothing to complain about".

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