Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Tottenham are “the biggest club in England” ahead of their 2-1 loss to Monaco in their Champions League group stage opener at Wembley.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal may disagree with the Spurs boss, though, as the north London club fall behind their rivals historically in terms of total titles, revenue and transfer spending to name a few.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to show how big is our club,” Pochettino said before kick-off.
“Tottenham are the biggest club in England and today, 90,000 fans will be fantastic a moment to share with them.”
Tottenham did set a new record last night, however, with Wednesday’s attendance of 85,011 breaking the English record for a crowd at a Champions League match.
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The attendance also beats the figure at Manchester City’s 1934 FA Cup Sixth Round clash against Stoke City as the largest ever for an English club’s home game.
Monaco took the lead after just 15 minutes at Wembley through Bernardo Silva before Thomas Lemar doubled their advantage just after half an hour.
Spurs did get one back via a Toby Alderweireld header but it wasn’t enough as they got off to a poor start in their Champions League campaign.
“I was speaking with my players at half-time. I think we needed more control in the centre of midfield, we needed to move Dele Alli up the pitch to be more aggressive,” Pochettino said after the match.
“(The lack of passion) is not new. I think we were better than Monaco, we need to win games, we need to be more aggressive with the ball.
“We need to play the way we are meant to play. They played in a very comfortable position.
“It is a fantastic opportunity, we have worked hard to be here and we need to be better.
“We need to work more on being aggressive, to show we are hungry on the pitch. In the second half I think we started good, but not good enough.”