Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is trying to play it cool, but you know he must be seething after Spurs were bounced out of the League Cup on penalties by fourth-tier side Colchester United on Tuesday.
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Spurs out-chanced the U’s and controlled the game, but could not maneuver their way past goalkeeper Dean Gerken. The backstop stopped Christian Eriksen‘s first penalty, and then saw Lucas Moura miss the visitors’ fifth bid.
Here’s Pochettino, via Sky Sports:
“It’s disappointing. It’s important to fight for trophies in all the competitions, I think we can’t complain about anything. It’s only that we didn’t score, and in penalty shoot-outs, you can’t complain.”
It’s been a bad week for Spurs. Heck, it’s been a bad season. The Champions League finalists have thrown away 2-0 leads to rivals Arsenal and UCL group mates Olympiacos, and were beaten by Leicester City at the weekend. They are already 10 points behind Spurs in their bid for one trophy, and cannot claim a second.
On the other side of the field, Colchester United boss John McGreal is pretty excited.
“We are absolutely delighted, that was tough work. We had the crowd on board and the penalties are a lottery as we all know,” he said, via the BBC. “I was really confident when Tom Lapslie stepped up, we had been there before in the last round. We got the run around a bit, we had to defend well but the more we got on the ball the more threat we became.”
The U’s are joined by League Two peer Crawley Town in the fourth round. Read the wrap of all League Cup action here.