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  • David Tyrer

Pochettino appears to point to Liverpool final defeat for poor start to season

In honesty, it's basically what everybody else has been thinking, that Spurs' poor start to the current season is a hangover from their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs defied a lot of odds to reach the final, as the Reds themselves did the previous season, only to be pipped by Liverpool 2-nil in the final.

Poch's side played quite naively throughout the 90 minute, playing with their heart and making a lot of mistakes.

Liverpool meanwhile, having learned from their defeat the previous season, were a much more mature outfit and held Spurs at a distance throughout. Comfortably dispatching the 3rd best team in the Premier League (last season) with little fuss in the end.

But on the eve of the first game between the two teams this season, Pochettino blaming the defeat to the Reds as the reason why they've struggled a lot so far.

During his pre-match press conference on Friday, he said: "The last game of the season, the final of the Champions League is all or nothing and it was nothing in the end.

"To be second for us, because we are so competitive in football, is nothing.

"It means a lot for the club to reach the final of the Champions League but the players and staff felt empty after the game.

"With time you can say, okay we played in the final of Champions League but we didn’t win and that will always be with you."

And that appears to be the difference between the two clubs, with Liverpool reacting strongly and challenging for the Premier League as well as winning the Champions League and, in doing so, going one better than the prior season.

Spurs, on the other hand, have seemingly fallen apart at times this season. LFC already have almost twice as many points and they go into tomorrow's game as massive favourites.

But write Pochettino's team off at your peril. If nothing else, Spurs will give Liverpool a hell of a game tomorrow afternoon and Klopp's team will have their work cut out to pick up the three points.

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