Poch had this to say after losing the North London derby

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur had a near perfect week last week, with two wins out of two leading into the North London derby.

Spurs thrashed Chelsea at home in the Premier League, before seeing out a must win match in the Champions League against Inter Milan 1-0.

They even led the NLD heading into the second half, with the score at 2-1 to Spurs after two first half goals in as many minutes.

However, Tottenham’s week then came crumbling down as Arsenal upped the match to a gear Spurs simply couldn’t follow.

Who knows if it was player mistakes, manager errors, or a heavy schedule that caused the loss, but it sent Tottenham from third down to fifth in the League.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, as Spurs now have a nice run of fixtures until their next match against a big six club.

Pochettino believes it was tricky for Spurs to come back after going 3-2 down, especially after playing mid week in Europe.

Football London report he said: “My assessment is that I think we conceded a penalty in a situation that normally is not good for the team. Of course it was complicated from the beginning of the game. We turned that situation and then it 2-1. I think we started the second half very well and until they scored the third goal it was an even game. It was very competitive.

“Of course in some period better Arsenal and some periods better Tottenham. When we conceded a third goal it was tough for us to come back mentally, to find the energy to go and try to be again in the game. Of course in that moment it was tough for the team and we started to pay for the effort from the Champions League game against Inter and Chelsea and we started to suffer.

“In the end I think when we conceded the fourth and the sending off of Jan Vertonghen, the game was over.”

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