Pochettino furious at Tottenham players

Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead at Olympiacos, leaving Mauricio Pochettino unhappy with its application in Athens.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will have to find a way to plug the defensive frailties.   -  Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino accused his Tottenham players of failing to "respect the plan" in its Champions League draw with Olympiacos.

Having led 2-0 after half an hour in Athens, Spurs were pegged back to draw 2-2, allowing Bayern Munich to move top of Group B with a 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Harry Kane opened the scoring with a penalty 26 minutes in, which was the visitor's first shot of a match in which it was second best. Lucas Moura struck a fine second but Daniel Podence halved the deficit just before the interval and Mathieu Valbuena's second-half penalty sealed a point for the Greek side.

Pochettino was unhappy with Spurs' display throughout the contest and felt they did not show anywhere near the level of effort they produced in last Saturday's 4-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

"From the beginning, we had a plan. We didn't respect the plan. I told the players at half-time. We scored two goals but if you only analyse the performance, it wasn't great. We conceded a lot of chances to them and the first goal was so painful. We didn't translate that type of aggression these types of games demand," Pochettino fumed.

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"How many times didn't we anticipate? And how were we not proactive like we were against Crystal Palace? At this level, you need to match your opponent. That is the first demand."

Kane disappointed

Spurs striker Harry Kane also expressed his disappointment

"We put ourselves in a great position but the goal before half-time changed the momentum. We've got to get better," England international Kane told BT Sport.

"We didn't play well in the first half but we scored two goals, which away from home isn't bad. Overall, we're disappointed because it's a game we want to be winning but we have to look back and try to improve.In the second half, it was 50-50. We could have done better on the ball, but it's a point away from home," he added.

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However, Kane pointed out that his team had a similar slow start last season, but managed to reach the final.

"Last season we didn't start too well and had to play catch-up. This is only the first game and we are definitely backing ourselves to go through."

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