Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the 2-1 loss to Monaco in their Champions League opener that his side lacked passion.
Spurs played in front of a record crowd of 85,011 people at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, but fell after goals by Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar. Pochettino was asked if the game would hav ebeen different if it had been played at Tottenham’s regular home White Hart Lane.
“That’s an excuse. Football is on the pitch, on the grass,” Pochettino said.
“We need to improve and learn that we cannot concede the goals that we conceded. We need to be aggressive in possession.
“We showed a lack of passion today. We cannot concede the goal we conceded. That is the truth.
“That is the way we spoke in the changing room. We all agree. It’s a shame because today was a good opportunity to give to our fans a good performance and a victory. It’s a shame.”
Centre back Toby Alderweireld pulled one back for Tottenham right before halftime, but they were unable to find the equalizer, despite dominating the second half.
“I think we were better than Monaco, but we need to show more, and more, and more,” Pochettino said.
“We need to create more and be more aggressive. We gave the possibility for Monaco to play deep and go on the counter-attack. They played in a comfortable situation.
“When I talk about passion, it’s to feel more. I think it was a fantastic opportunity. We wait a lot to play Champions League.
“We fought a lot last season to be here, and then you feel: ‘Why didn’t we do more?'”