Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Roberto Soldado’s clear goal miss was “key” to Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League defeat to Fiorentina.
After a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, Spurs were beaten 2-0 in Florence through strikes from Mario Gomez and Mohamed Salah.
However, Soldado – Tottenham’s first-leg goalscorer – should have put the Premier League side ahead before the interval when he raced through on Neto with Nacer Chadli alongside him.
Caught in two minds, the Spaniard’s weak attempt to find his team-mate was easily gathered by the Fiorentina goalkeeper.
“We are all disappointed, the player, too,” Pochettino told reporters. “It is normal.
“This one was the first final for us and all players are disappointed, but now we need to look forwards, to recover quickly, because on Sunday we have another game, against Chelsea in the League Cup final. It is impossible to change the game now.
“It is true that it was key, this action. You need some luck sometimes to win the games. In the second half we made some mistakes, we took a risk and Fiorentina scored.
“If we want to analyse the game, it is easy: Fiorentina scored, we didn’t and in football when you don’t score it is difficult to win games.
“I think they scored more than us and we didn’t score. If we analyse the performance, we played very well again but didn’t score in the first half.
“You only deserve to go through to the next round if you score and they scored more goals than us.”
Tottenham will play at the Wembley stadium on march 1 in the League Cup final
Got a news tip/information for us? Email: email@example.com
Follow us on Twitter @thesheetng and Facebook at facebook.com/thesheet.