How do you feel after that?
I feel disappointed. That’s normal, I think in how we conceded a goal you can see during the game we felt disappointed. We showed a little bit of a lack of concentration in the end. Ok, it was difficult because they were tough. It was a tough game.
But in the end when you are able to score to make it 1-0 and you have the chances to kill the game you must do it. Ok if you do not kill the game you must not show that lack of concentration because we conceded a goal with five or six players in behind for the goal and that was our mistake. We need to take responsibility and that was our fault.
How do you assess the performance in the second half?
I think the performance was good, we created a lot of chances. We had the chance to kill the game. To be honest, we created enough chances to kill the game. It’s true we conceded some chances because in the way they play they force you to defend deep with two big strikers.
The long balls you need to be available to fight in every challenge. But I think the control was good, but very disappointing in the way we conceded the goal. It was not a long ball, or a second ball in the air, it was a pass in between our lines where we did not run in the right way and we gave them the chance to score. So for me that is tough to accept.
When you have the three points in your hands, you need to concede in a different way, not in that way.
People will say it’s the Wembley curse again?
I think it has nothing to do with it. If you remember the games we played at Burnley and White Hart Lane, they were very tough. Because in the way they play it’s tough to play.
I think Wembley helps a lot to break the defensive lines, to score goals and create chances. We cannot complain. We need to stop. If some people are thinking that [it’s Wembley], then need to stop.
We have a responsibility to do better, try to do win. The way that we conceded the goal, I can tell you Wembley wasn’t the problem.
Were the players nervous because it’s Wembley?
I think the responsibility is theirs during the match and I feel responsible as well. When I told you we need to work hard during the week, we provide the tools for them on the pitch. I think it’s a collective mistake. We are all guilty when we lose and when we win. That is football, it’s a collective sport.
You were so good at seeing out games last season, what has changed apart from the venue?
Of course we need to make Wembley our home and feel like we can perform the same way we did at White Hart Lane.
But if you remember my first season it was difficult at White Hart Lane, then the team started to feel comfortable and it became a comfortable place for us. It’s only about time before the players find the way to feel much better here.
But it’s not about feeling better. I think Wembley today wasn’t the problem for us. We played well and in the second half we created a lot of chances, like against Chelsea when we were much, much better than them.
I think we need to find our balance. Still the team is showing in some periods of the game that we are lacking concentration in diffferent situations and in football you know you pay if you are not focussed for 95 or 100 minutes or until you finish the game. I think that is the key, to try to improve our collective.
Could the lack of concentration be caused by the unfamiliar surroundings?
No, Wembley is not the problem. If you watch the game, because you understand the game like me or more, you will see if you review the game again you will see a situation that it is impossible it happened.
But in football if you are not focused and concentrating and you are a little tired, maybe, and are not 100 per cent, you concede or give the opponent the possibility to score. It’s how it was today and how it was against Chelsea. That was the key.
Do you feel that if you want to challenge for the title you can’t have too many moments like this?
Of course. I agree with you. We need to work hard to try to be more strong. Because that is a mental problem we need to fix. It’s true that that result it’s still so early to try to analyse with what will happen in the future.
Last season, if you look at Chelsea after three or four games, you say Chelsea would be the champions, you’d never say that. That is why in football it’s about working hard and trying to be clever to fix the problem. I think it’s so clear we need to improve and increase our mental level and try to play and be stronger.
Is it frustrating that you now have the international break and two weeks before you can put this right?
It’s not frustrating, I think it’s disapointment. My feeling is bad now and it’s the same for the players and of course for our fans. That’s football. Like last season when all was going well we were so happy.
Now it’s our job to try to keep the good balance and be positive. We are positive we will add some players that will help us in the future. For sure, I am so optimistic. Of course I feel bad now in the way we conceded the goal and because we lost two points, but I think it’s so early to think about the league or different targets for the future.
Is Harry Kane the kind of striker who needs a bit of time to find his feet?
Yes, sometimes it happens, for him it’s true. After three seasons, he’s a player who works hard. His commitment is there. He’s a little bit unlucky. I feel sorry for him. He had the opportunities to score today and always a striker needs to be a little bit lucky. I am sure that Harry will start to score as soon as possible. I have no doubts about him.
Are you confident of getting new signings before the deadline?
Yes, yes, yes.
In what positions?
In the positions that.. (asks his assistant Jesus Perez for help with his English).
Perez: We hope to sign in the positions that we need to strengthen.
Poch: That’s not the translation, but it was better (laughs).