‘We say we need to learn, then it happens again. It kills the team’: Michel Vorm admits Tottenham keep making the same mistakes after throwing away lead at PSV
- Luuk de Jong’s late equaliser denied Tottenham a vital Champions League win
- Hugo Lloris’ red card gave PSV hope after Lucas Moura and Harry Kane goals
- Spurs also threw away a lead against Inter Milan in the opening group game
- Michel Vorm expressed frustration at their inability to learn from their mistakes
Michel Vorm has bemoaned Tottenham’s inability to learn from past mistakes after another late collapse in the Champions League.
Spurs looked set for a vital victory at PSV thanks to goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, only for Hugo Lloris to get sent off and Luuk de Jong to net an 87th-minute equaliser.
It was remarkably similar to the opening game of their Group B campaign at Inter Milan, when they were 1-0 up with five minutes to go and left the San Siro empty-handed.
Michel Vorm could not hide his frustration after Tottenham were denied victory over PSV
Both games saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side miss numerous chances and Vorm, who only came on when Lloris was sent off with nine minutes to go, was critical of Spurs’ latest capitulation.
He told the Evening Standard: ‘We always say to each other, “We need to learn from this, we need to learn from that.”
‘Then it happens [again] and I think it kills the team — and we know it.
‘It’s something he [Pochettino] doesn’t even have to talk about.
Vorm came on as a substitute after Hugo Lloris (left) was sent off in the final 10 minutes
The Dutch stopper could do nothing about Luuk de Jong’s equaliser just six minutes later
Spurs remain five points behind Inter Milan and eight behind Barcelona after the draw
Tottenham’s remaining Group B games
November 6: PSV (H)
November 28: Inter Milan (H)
December 11: Barcelona (A)
‘We had the control, but if you don’t score a third goal… I don’t know the solution, because we played very well. We just need to score more goals.
‘European football is totally different from the Premier League and we’re still in a process of learning.’
Vorm felt that Spurs should have won the game comfortably and that their dominance made the draw even harder to take, which was different to the Inter defeat.
‘I think if we won 4-1 or 5-1 it’s deserved, and that makes it even harder, because now it feels like we lost,’ the keeper added.
Harry Kane’s strike shortly after half-time had looked like it would give Spurs the victory
Lloris’ red card handed the initiative back to PSV and they made their man advantage count
And Mauricio Pochettino could not hide his frustration as Spurs let their lead slip again
‘We drew not because PSV were that good. I think we had to kill the game at 2-1. We had enough possibilities to score a third. Obviously, we had 10 men, but even with 10 men we were a bit unlucky.
‘We drew — it’s not enough. If you see the statistics after the game it says it all. We were much better than them.
‘Against Inter, it was a different type of game but, obviously, we lost in the last minute. Now we draw. I see the comparison, but I think it was different.’
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