Kane still confident of Champions League progress despite Olympiacos collapse

Tanya Simon
September 19, 2019

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of not respecting the plan after they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away to Olympiakos in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.

"But conceding a goal before half time changed the momentum".

'I feel very disappointed, the first half I wasn't happy with the performance, ' he said.

"At this type of level you need to match the opponent in terms of intensity, aggression, in excitement and motivation and then is going to appear your quality when you are connected with the game".

Spurs only had to wait four more minutes to add to their tally through a spectacular strike by Loucas Moura, but the hosts were not disappointed by the course of the game.

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"We're still backing ourselves to win enough games and get through the group but obviously it makes the game in a couple of weeks important to win to get ourselves in a better position. But a bit more maturity will help".

As against Arsenal at the end of August, Spurs' downfall started with Pochettino's side conceding just before half-time, with Daniel Podence pulling a goal back for Olympiacos. They will have the chance to rectify their poor record on Saturday, when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.

While Ferdinand believes Kane should be asking questions of whether his ambition can be matched at Spurs, Peter Crouch believes patience is required under Mauricio Pochettino.

How many times didn't we anticipate? At 2-0 up if we see it through to half-time it's probably a different game. We tried to do that.

Any time you're 2-0 up away, especially in the Champions League, you expect to go on to win.

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