Spurs are spent thanks to hectic schedule, claims Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

A 5-0 Boxing Day win over Bournemouth lifted Spurs above Manchester City into second but it was their failure to put this match to bed while they were on top that ultimately cost them at Wembley.

But the striker's hopes of claiming another medal at the end of the season receded dramatically after the break as goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa condemned them to a 3-1 defeat.

Spurs picked up where they left off against Bournemouth and went on the attack early, with Son Hueng-Min shooting just wide before Christian Eriksen's curling effort brought a spectacular save out of Rui Patricio, who tipped on to the crossbar. Like today, we dropped a little bit our energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals.

The equaliser came in the 72nd minute after a period of pressure from Wolves earned a corner.

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Boly was unmarked from Joao Moutinho's corner and powered in a free header, with Hugo Lloris unable to get a strong enough hand on it to keep it out.

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Fulham struck in stoppage time through Aleksandar Mitrovic to beat fellow strugglers Huddersfield 1-0 at Craven Cottage, while Cardiff also scored the only goal of the game in stoppage time to beat Leicester 1-0 thanks to Victor Camarasa's long-range effort.

The slow-tempo feel to the match continued into the opening stages of the second half, with the first notable piece of action arriving 25 minutes from time when Davinson Sanchez produced a good challenge to prevent Ivan Cavaleiro from racing in behind - a sign of things to come.

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Pochettino dismissed suggestions this defeat will heighten the impression that Spurs lack the bottle to win the league. Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored two more goals for the Spurs in the win.

- This was only the third time that Spurs have lost a Premier League home game by 2+ goals under Mauricio Pochettino - the other two were against Liverpool (3-0 in August 2014) and Manchester City (3-1 in April 2018).

However, he skipped worldwide duty in November and Spurs instantly saw an upturn in his form as Son netted the first of seven Premier League goals this season against Chelsea on November 24.

The Premier League match between Tottenham and Wolves will be broadcast live on NBC Sports.

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