Better team lost, insists Tottenham boss Pochettino

Date published: Saturday 26th November 2016 9:16

Mauricio Pochettino: Expecting quiet January

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino watched his side lose 2-1 to Chelsea before declaring that the better team lost at Stamford Bridge. 

Christian Eriksen put the visitors ahead early on with a fine strike, but Pedro’s stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time levelled matters and a rejuvenated Victor Moses won it for the Blues six minutes after the interval.

But Pochettino, speaking to BT Sport 1, believes his side were hard done by.

“I think if we analyse the game, we were better,” he said. “(Against) a team that is in very good form, I think we competed very well in the first half. We were unlucky how we conceded the goal. We deserved more, maybe to go in at half-time 2-0 or 3-0, or maybe just 1-0, but never 1-1. But the second half we conceded a goal very, very soon and then I think we fight.

“We need to be quiet. Yes it’s disappointing for the result but I think we need to be pleased for the performance and the way we competed because we competed against a very good team and I have nothing (bad) to say about my players.

“If you analyse the game, and you put aside the result at the end, I think we have the possession, we create, we have more attempts than Chelsea and all the attacks are for us. But football is not only stats – it’s about being clinical. They scored and for us it was impossible, but it was a very competitive game.”

The result extended Chelsea’s winning run to seven Premier League games and ended Spurs’ unbeaten start to the league season, as well as ensuring their 26-year wait for victory at the Bridge continued.

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