Pochettino: Chelsea played like small team at Lane

Date published: Sunday 29th November 2015 4:38

Mauricio Pochettino: Felt Tottenham deserved to beat Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino: Felt Tottenham deserved to beat Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed by Tottenham’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea and felt his side’s performance was worthy of all three points.

Prior to the game, Pochettino had described the noon kick-off as a “joke” following Thursday night’s 2,500-mile flight from Azerbaijan, where his side were in Europa League action.

However, Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League since their opening-day defeat as Manchester United as they extended their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Asked if he was happy with a draw, in light of the journey to Baku, Pochettino said: “No, not really happy. We’re a bit disappointed. We deserved more than we got.

“We created enough chances to score. We shot four times on target, and three or four more off target.

“They had one shot on target, in the second half for Hazard. We deserved more in a very difficult game.”

Pochettino believes Chelsea’s defensive performance was a testament to how far Tottenham have progressed, but he was once again reluctant to discuss his targets for the season.

“We played the defending champions and it is good that you get the feeling that Chelsea was a small team and Tottenham feel they can win every game,” he said.

“It’s not easy. We are one of the younger teams in the Premier League.

“We need to keep working hard because there’s only been 14 games and today it’s too early to talk about the end of the season.

“Chelsea played one of their best games of the season, and I think that when you make the effort we showed today – and the maturity – you have to be happy with the players.”

Pochettino added of Ryan Mason, who went off injured: “We will assess him tomorrow and we will see, but we hope that it’s not a big issue. He has a problem in his ankle.

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