‘Pochettino got it wrong’ – Spurs boss blamed for defeat to Liverpool

first_img“Yes, they were playing against a Liverpool side with a lot of confidence, but Klopp gave his players the freedom to play.“He gave Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane the freedom to cheat a bit and stay up the pitch – that’s tactical and Klopp deserves credit for that.“I think too many people dismiss tactics generally, but that was the most clear-cut game I’ve seen in a long time where tactics made the difference.”Listen back to Danny Murphy on talkSPORT IN FULL above! However, former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Murphy insists the players were not at fault for the loss and says the boss should take full responsibility.“The manager should take blame for that result – not the players,” Murphy told talkSPORT’s Jim White on Monday.“The way Tottenham set up, they had a bit too much respect and fear for Liverpool, and that’s unlike Pochettino.“I don’t mind that he set up with a diamond, but those midfielders often found themselves in no-man’s land. They hadn’t worked on it enough, they’re not used to playing that system and they couldn’t get near anyone.“I think he [Pochettino] got it wrong. 4 4 4 Danny Murhpy was surprised by Pochettino’s tactics against the Reds Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT manager Mauricio Pochettino ‘should take the blame’ for Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool, saying the Spurs boss ‘got his tactics wrong’.Tottenham put in perhaps their worst performance of the season as they were beaten 2-1 by the Reds at Wembley on Saturday.Pochettino opted for a diamond formation in midfield in an attempt to quell Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side, but his experiment went dreadfully wrong as Liverpool ran riot and should have put the game to bed before half-time.Many fans pointed the finger at certain players for the defeat, with Eric Dier in particular coming under fire for his poor display – it was his mistake which led to the Reds’ opening goal. Spurs could not handle Liverpool in the first-half, and Klopp’s side should have scored more goals Dier has been criticised for a series of poor performances in midfield this season “Porto and Inter Milan did not win the Champions League under Jose Mourinho because they had better players then the other teams, it was about tactics.“Fulham didn’t get into the Europa League final when I played for them because we had better players – we had good players, but we had a plan.“Pochettino is entitled to do what the hell he wants because of the job he has done at Tottenham.“Fair enough, try your different formations, but he has to take the responsibility for this one on the chin.“I’m not having these excuses that they didn’t have their number one goalkeeper, or that Eric Dier is a better defender than midfielder – it doesn’t matter, wherever he had played that day in that formation, they would have got murdered. 4 “It was blatantly obvious the midfield diamond was not working, I saw it, the fans saw it, the commentary team saw it, it was obvious that if they stayed the same they were going to get done.“As soon as they set up in the same formation in the second-half, they’d lost the game.“Pochettino’s coaching staff have not helped him out either, because they didn’t address the problem – I could not have sat in that dug out and not said: ‘Are you having a laugh here? This is ridiculous, help the players out!’”Murphy argued that tactics alone can have a huge impact on the outcome of a game, something which is often overlooked by modern football supporters.And he believes Liverpool’s win at Wembley on Saturday was a perfect example.He continued: “Too often I hear people say it’s about the players, not tactics – that is a load of absolute nonsense. Spurs looked sluggish from the very start of Saturday’s game against Liverpool last_img read more

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