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Opinion: Lamela’s comments after Barcelona defeat are encouraging for Pochettino and Tottenham

Opinion: Lamela’s comments after Barcelona defeat are encouraging for Pochettino and Tottenham

Tottenham have yet to earn a single point this Champions League campaign following their latest defeat in the competition to Barcelona last night at Wembley.

Lionel Messi inspired the La Liga champions to a 4-2 win with a brace and overall outstanding performance, but it could have been a completely different game if it were not for silly defensive mistakes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men now find themselves six points behind yesterday’s opponents and Inter Milan in the group, but there were some positives to take from the match with goalscorer Erik Lamela crediting the team for not giving up.

As well as in Europe’s elite competition, Tottenham have also had their struggles in the Premier League. However, the north London club are still fighting for their manager in a way that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would probably envy.

A few poor results, lack of signings during the summer and what can only be described as a catastrophe regarding the club’s new stadium, sees Pochettino placed in a very unfavourable position.

Yet the Argentinian and his players are still competing despite so many things having gone against them before the season had even started.

Against Barcelona and Inter Milan in the Champions League, Pochettino’s men were obviously unable to take anything away from the clashes. But with back-to-back games versus PSV Eindhoven, while Inter Milan have to travel to London, Tottenham are still very much in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout round.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, they are fourth in the table with 15 points and just four points off the top.

There is no harm in losing to a team of Barcelona’s quality, especially when Messi goes full Messi like he did last night, and domestically the club are still in a very good position.

Ultimately, under Pochettino, players are still performing and have enough in them to ensure the club get the opportunity to take on Messi, Barcelona, Inter Milan and the rest of Europe’s elite again next season.

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