Pochettino concerned for Espanyol

Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is a concern to see his team in 19th place following the 1-0 loss at Real Betis.

Los Pericos are still without a win after the opening five rounds of fixtures, with just Osasuna below them, and the Argentine confessed he is particularly concerned at his side’s plight so far this term.

“Of course our predicament is down to ourselves and you never like to lose, even less when you don’t deserve it, but we must start winning and picking up points because this run is not positive and could be damaging.

“In the second half we deserved at least a draw and could even have won, but the important thing is to correct this and move up the table. We need to look for victories and three points but without renouncing what we stand for as a team,” he argued.

Pochettino lamented the fact that Betis’ goal came from a set-piece and stressed he will be working hard to make sure it does not happen again, whilst also bemoaning his team’s lack of fortune.

“We are in the middle of a run where nothing is going for us, not even refereeing decisions because I think Verdu’s goal for us was not offside. We are not getting that little bit of luck to win games.”

The 40-year-old also insisted he felt ‘powerless’ to do anything about it as he was sat in the stands serving a two-game touchline ban, while maintaining that ‘it isn’t good to judge referees, but in the first five games we have not had any luck with the decisions they have made’.

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