Poch vows to fix Spurs defence after Greek tragedy

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accepts his side have some hard work to do after their defensive frailties came back to haunt them in Greece.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accepts his side have some hard work to do after their defensive frailties came back to haunt them in Greece.

Spurs shipped a two-goal lead in the Champions League at Olympiakos as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw, much to the annoyance of Pochettino.

Tottenham, who reached last season’s final, looked on course to open this term’s campaign with a win after Harry Kane and Lucas Moura struck in the space of four first-half minutes to put them in command.

But just over a fortnight after letting a similar advantage slip against Arsenal, they again capitulated as goals from Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena earned the Greek side a deserved 2-2 draw.

Tottenham’s season so far has been beset by an uncharacteristic weakness in defence and Pochettino is determined to put that right in the games ahead.

“In the beginning of this season we are conceding a lot of chances and lots of goals and we need to change that,” the Argentinian said. “The only way we can change is being more demanding from ourselves.

“And that is the way we are going to approach the different days and be more consistent.”

Spurs looked back to their best against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but they were unable to reproduce that in one of Europe’s most hostile atmospheres.

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They endured a torrid opening 20 minutes and could have been behind by the time Kane smashed home his 15th Champions League goal in 20 games from the spot.

Moura’s powerful drive from the edge of the area put Spurs in control before Podence’s goal on the stroke of half-time allowed Olympiacos back into it. Valbuena completed the comeback with a 53rd-minute penalty, to leave Spurs licking their wounds.

“I feel very disappointed, in the first half I wasn’t happy with our performance, from the beginning we had a plan and we didn’t respect the plan, that is what disappointed me most and that is what I told the players at half-time,” Pochettino added.

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