Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino feels that Spurs deserved more than to lose 2-1 to Chelsea in today’s Premier League London-derby at Wembley.
Spurs seemingly dominated most of the proceedings at the national stadium, yet fell to defeat thanks to two goals from Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso either side of the break.
Disappointed to have lost Tottenham’s opening Wembley fixture of the season to defending champions Chelsea, Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino lamented Tottenham’s inability to finish chances in the final third. He told BBCSport:
“I am disappointed because we deserved more but they were very clinical with two shots on target and two goals.”
“We dominated and we were better but if you are not clinical, you can lose like today.”
Although Tottenham enjoyed 68% possession, Spurs only managed to get 6 of their 18 shots on target, whereas Chelsea’s only 2 shots on target managed to find their way past Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris.
Despite this, Pochettino heaped praise on the team’s performance, claiming that on another day, Spurs had done enough to win the match.
“We are one step ahead than last season,” He added. “I am not frustrated or upset I am happy with the performance of the players.”
“We were much better in every aspect of the game than Chelsea, they were just clinical.”
“We are working hard, there are plenty of games to play.”
Today’s defeat means that Tottenham have lost the last 4 meetings with Chelsea at the 90,000 capacity arena, and have won just 1 of their previous 10 outings in the national stadium.
Pochettino however was quick to reiterate the statement he made prior to the match, quashing any suggestion that playing at Wembley is an issue for Spurs.
“I said before and will say it again, it is not about Wembley, it is our performance.” He said.
“What can we do? What can I do? It is a perception from the media. Playing that way we can win lots of games.”
Tottenham’s next 2 games at Wembley are against Burnley and Swansea, and if Spurs should falter there then alarm bells will certainly start ringing.
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