Pochettino slams Spurs for dumping game plan after wasting 2-0 lead in Greece

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO ripped into his Spurs flops after they threw away a 2-0 Champions League lead in the 2-2 draw at Olympiakos.The Spurs boss fumed as his players did not follow his game plan and rapped: “I feel disappointed. I wasn’t happy with our first-half performance, we had a plan and we didn’t respect the plan.2 Boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs did not show enough intensity or aggression as Olympiakos fought back for a surprise drawCredit: Rex Features2 Opening scorer Harry Kane admits Spurs should have done better off the ballCredit: Reuters”That’s what disappointed me the most. We conceded a lot of chances and the way we conceded the first goal was so painful.“We didn’t translate the aggression needed in these games from our 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.“I told them at half-time we had scored two good goals, but the performance wasn’t great.“Second half we realised and changed but conceded a very soft penalty. Overall the result is fair.”Harry Kane’s penalty and a thumping finish from Lucas Moura put Spurs on top in the space of four minutes.But Olympiakos hit back through Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena, also from the spot.’GUTTED WITH A FEW PLAYERS’Poch added: “When we don’t show the intensity, the competition demands we struggle.“We can talk about scoring twice and playing better second half but this season we’re conceding a lot of chances and a lot of goals and we need to change that way.“And the only way to change is to be more demanding. Show me more performances like Palace — not like this.”It was Kane’s 15th Champions League goal in 20 appearances.WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTSGroup AClub Brugge 0 – 0 GalatasarayParis Saint Germain 3 – 0 Real MadridGroup BOlympiakos 2 – 2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3 – 0 Red Star BelgradeGroup CDinamo Zagreb 4 – 0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0 – 3 Man CityGroup DAtletico Madrid 2 – 2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Lokomotiv MoscowThe England skipper said: “Conceding the goal before half-time changed the momentum and is disappointing. Second half was 50-50.“I still felt we could have done better on the ball but it’s a point away from home that we have to try and improve on.”And former Three Lions star Rio Ferdinand was more blunt – claiming Pochettino will be “gutted” at the display from some players.The Manchester United legend also accused Tottenham of failing to learn lessons from their run to the 2019 final.BT Sport pundit Ferdinand said: “Spurs will be kicking themselves, two up away from home you go and silence the crowd and then throw it away, show a lapse in concentration.MOST READ IN FOOTBALL THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”You’d think they’d take experience from last season and what they’d learned but they haven’t. I thought they were just slack and lax.”Pochettino will be gutted with a few individuals.”[Hugo] Lloris epitomised it, coming out all lacklustre. So yeah it was ‘Spursy’ really if you wanna put it like that.”last_img read more

Planning Your Exit Strategy Be Proactive

first_imgIn a recent post for the OpenView Blog site. Venture Partner Firas Raouf shares a VC’s perspective on what tech companies can do to reach their desired exits.He stresses the need for expansion stage companies to be proactive when architecting their exits, listing several reasons why it’s so important. For example:Companies with great exits are bought, not sold“You need to find a way to get a strategic buyer to notice your company, to see the opportunity in acquiring it, to want your company bad enough, and to make a great offer,” writes Firas, adding that it takes a lot of work before an acquirer reaches this point.He stresses the importance of building relationships with multiple potential acquirers rather than focusing all of your attention on just one. He also notes that relationships like these take time to build (12-18 months), so it’s important to be patient.Ensure that investors are aligned with the desired exit“The more investors you have around the table, the harder it is to get them all to agree on the timing and size of the desired exit,” Firas writes. He says company leaders should take into account the factors that drive an investor’s desired exit before even closing a deal for funding.For more details and the rest of the reasons why companies should proactively architect their exits, check out the full blog post at the OpenView Blog site.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more