Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve at Wembley

Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham's temporary Wembley home was not a factor in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League loss to Chelsea.

No one was more focused than Marcos Alonso, whose two goals earned the Blues their first points of the season.

"We don't have the easiest start but this victory is good for the confidence", he said.

"I think the "Wembley effect" is not the reason we lost the game".

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg but leading through Christian Eriksen's goal, Harry Kane scored at the wrong end before Dele Alli was sent off for a reckless, risky lunge.

Kane feels that is also why the defeat is not too deflating, despite Marcos Alonso denying Spurs a point with a goal three minutes from the end, spoiling their first league match at Wembley. With 10 men, Spurs looked like going through when they capped a superb second-half display with a goal but they were sucker-punched again, conceding a late equaliser as they pushed for the third goal they needed to progress. "We only wanted to be courageous in every single game, to search for our chance, and I think we've done it so far". After scoring six goals last season, the Spaniard already has two.

"Obviously after last week, it doesn't show it was be the same", he said.

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I think Lloris is close to Liverpool's Simon Mignolet in terms of ability. You see that in the end. I remember two years ago we had to go to [Manchester] City and lost there, and it was a hard start for us. "That's a pleasure for us and for the manager". Now, this victory is good. But despite having the lion's share of possession (68 percent), the most shots (18 to 9), the most corners (14 to three) it was the Blues who won and sent their 3,000 jubilant fans home happy. We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

In an electric atmosphere for their first Champions League game since 2011, Spurs made a bright start and Son Heung-Min should have scored.

Fortunes for the month just don't seem to be favouring the Englishman, who has emerged as one of the league's most prolific scorers bagging the Golden Boot award in the last two seasons.

"It's not fair to blame Wembley".

"We are working very hard in training and that shows that the work pays off".

After being asked about the expenditure of both Manchester clubs, Conte told reporters at Wembley: "For us, it's very important we only focus on ourselves". Spurs, especially the last 15, 20 minutes of the first half, they had a lot of pressure on us. Even if you see Marcos (Alonso) in the end, he was very exhausted, but still he made that run to score.