Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted he got his tactics wrong in their 1-0 defeat to Ajax, in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday
Ajax’s youngsters pinned Spurs back during an utterly dominant opening 30 minutes, where Pochettino had set his team up in a 5-3-2 formation.
The visitors were able to find space in midfield and got their deserved goal when Donny van de Beek netted a priceless away goal.
“Watching now of course I can accept it was a mistake the shape we used.
“But there were not too many options. I am not happy – you cannot guess what happens if we play in a different way. But our lack of energy and [we were] a little sloppy.
“It was the not the shape that conceded the goal. Our approach to the game was not good. I am the manager so I have responsibility,” Pochettino told BT Sport.