Pochettino disappointed with draw

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed with his side’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the Europa League and believes Spurs deserved more from their first-leg display at White Hart Lane.

Roberto Soldado gave the hosts a dream start when he volleyed home a corner in the sixth minute but Jose Maria Basanta’s equaliser secured Fiorentina a draw and a crucial away goal.

The Italians will be favourites to make the last 16 ahead of next week’s return leg, particularly as Tottenham may have one eye on their Capital One Cup final against Chelsea three days later.

“It is a shame because at half-time we deserved to have scored more than one goal but it was only 1-1,” Pochettino said.

“We need to go to Florence and win the game and score. Today we were better than Fiorentina, especially in the first-half.

“We created a lot of chances but this is football. I think in the first-half we controlled the game but we had more of the ball in the second-half.

“In general, over the 90 minutes we were better. We had the chances, the possession of the ball and managed the game.”

Pochettino added: “It’s a shame and I’m disappointed with the result because I think we deserved more, but I’m happy with the performance.”

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