Though they were able to put up a much better fight in the second half, Tottenham will be disappointed with their overall display against Ajax last night.
A very slow start to the game ended up proving costly, with the visitors managing to take advantage of their early dominance after Donny van de Beek calmly fired past Hugo Lloris in the 15th minute.
And speaking after that first-leg defeat, Chris Sutton has put the above down to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics.
“It was only after 27 minutes that Mauricio Pochettino admitted defeat and changed his side from a back three to a back four,” the BT Sport pundit wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“That was an admittance from Pochettino that he’d got his tactics wrong. It was a Poch botch for that opening half-hour.
“Ajax had more bodies in the middle of the park and were controlling the game with some superb passing sequences.”
With Tottenham improving after Pochettino decided to make some tweaks, you can see where Sutton is coming from.
Still, that does not change the fact that the north London club were still outclassed and outplayed on the night.
Even after Tottenham managed to grab a foothold in the game, Ajax still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and created chances with some incredible pieces of play.
Back four or back three, Erik ten Hag’s men always looked capable of scoring against Pochettino’s side.
Ultimately, Tottenham just need to hold up their hands here and accept they were beaten by the better team.
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