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Pochettino: It’s not embarrassing if Spurs are knocked out of Champions League

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that it will be no great shame if his side exit the Champions League in the Group Stages.

Pochettino’s side play PSV tonight at Wembley knowing that anything other than a victory will end their hopes of reaching the last 16 of European Football’s most prestigious Cup Competition.

The North London club lost their opening two Group B games against Inter Milan and Barcelona, before slipping to a disappointing 2-2 draw away in Eindhoven, despite being 2-1 up heading into the final few minutes.

Spurs infamously advertised earlier this summer that their new state of the art Stadium would be the only place in London to watch Champions League football, but with the club still no closer to moving into their new home and progress to the knockout stages looking unlikely, it is a claim that will ultimately look somewhat foolish.

However, Pochettino has refused to blame his clubs hierarchy for the delays to their new Stadium and insisted that an early exit from this years tournament should not be a source of embarrassment.

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“When you compete at that level against Inter Milan or PSV, of course Barcelona, it is not easy to go to the next stage of the Champions League and qualify,” Pochettino told his pre-match press conference.

“When you are competitive at that level, if you are not good enough, if you are not clinical or defend poorly like in the last minute in the Inter Milan game.

“If you don’t deserve to go, it’s disappointing but not embarrassing.

“We all feel disappointed because we cannot deliver the possibility of playing the Champions League in our new stadium, but it wasn’t in our hands, there were many things that complicated it. It is impossible to blame the club.

“If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium.”

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