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Pochettino reveals why Tottenham lost 1-0 to Ajax

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has blamed their poor start for their 1-0 defeat to Ajax, in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The visitors, who knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the semis, outplayed Premier League side Tottenham and earned victory through Donny van de Beek’s first-half goal.

It could have been worse for Spurs, but fortunately David Neres’ second-half shot struck the post with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris beaten.

“First half we started not in a good way. Ajax showed more energy, it was difficult for us to play. It was our lack of energy.

“After we conceded the goal – 25 to 30 minutes in – we started to be in the game. Moussa Sissoko provided good energy.

“Second half we pushed them and tried to create chances. It was an even game in the second half. We are alive. It’s only 1-0 down. We need to believe we can go there and win the game,” Pochettino told BT Sport.

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