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Pochettino blames transfer speculation for defeat

Mauricio Pochettino has partially laid the blame for his side’s defeat over the weekend on the fact that the European transfer window is still open.

His Tottenham side suffered a shock 1 – 0 home defeat at home to Newcastle on Sunday, with a goal by Brazilian striker Joelinton in the first-half the difference between the two sides. In truth though, Tottenham were laboured and predictable, created few clear-cut chances, and made it easy for Newcastle to defend against them.

Afterwards, whilst Pochettino admitted his team had been poor, he also referred to the unrest in his squad, with Christian Eriksen, who only appeared from the bench in the second half on Sunday, Jan Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld, all linked with possible moves away from White Hart Lane until the window closes for European clubs on September 2nd.   

The Argentine said: “we have an unsettled group for different reasons and different personal circumstances. Of course, I am going to be happier in 10 days after Arsenal when the transfer window is closed and we know we have the players until it opens again in January.”

Pochettino has previously publically called for the English transfer window to be moved back in alignment with those for clubs in Europe again.

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