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Pochettino: Spurs’ Champions League hopes are ‘nearly over’

Mauricio Pochettino has said his side’s chances of making it through to the Champions League knockout stages are ‘nearly over’ after they were held to a 2-2 draw against Dutch side, PSV Eindhoven.

Having lost their opening two games of this season’s Champions League against Barcelona and Inter Milan, Spurs went into Wednesday night’s game knowing that their hopes of qualification were really riding on the result over in the Netherlands.

They fell behind after 29 minutes when Mexican forward Hirving Lozano opened the scoring, but goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put the North London side back in charge of the game.

However, with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris being sent off after 79 minutes for taking down goalscorer Lozano outside of the area, Luuk de Jong delivered a sucker punch in the 87th minute when he scored a late equaliser to leave Pochettino to admit that his side’s Champions League chances are almost over already:

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“[Our chances of qualifying are] nearly over. We’ll see what happens now in the game between Barcelona and Inter Milan but with only one point after three games, it will be so difficult,” Pochettino told BT Sport.

“If we need to blame someone it’s ourselves because with all the situations and the circumstances in the game you must win because I think we were much better than them.

“But the tempo sometimes was so slow and it’s a situation where we need to think a little bit because in this type of game, at 2-1 you must kill the game. If not, the opponent is alive.

“The situation with Hugo was maybe unfair but that can happen in football. But if you score more goals you are going to win the game. That is why we are so disappointed, not with the decisions but with ourselves because it’s a game you must win.”

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