"I know how (Mauricio) Pochettino likes his teams to play and they did very well," Pellegrini said, having faced the former Espanyol boss during the pair's time in Spain.
"It's a hard place to come. It's a very good team, in a good position in the table.
"We lost control of the game. We started well, we had chances to score the second one and after that I think we started to play too quickly. That was the problem during the first half."
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