Pochettino believes his Spurs were better

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal – Reaction 

Brian Jeeves reporting from Wembley Stadium

Turning the clock back to March 2, 2019, and a dramatic finale to Tottenham Hotspur’s extended stay on the Wembley Stadium sofa…

MAURICIO POCHETTINO reflected upon an eventful North London derby, believing his side were the better team and perhaps deserved more than a share of the Premier League spoils from a punchy 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium

Arsenal had gone ahead when Aaron Ramsey raced clear before rounding Hugo Lloris. And it was beginning to look like the Gunners would snaffle all three points until Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot a quarter of an hour from time after he’d been bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi.

But in a dramatic finale, the Gunners missed a penalty of their own when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his effort saved by Hugo Lloris – Then, Lucas Torreira was shown a straight red card for a horrible foul on Danny Rose.

“More than a draw? I think if you assess the game I think we were better than Arsenal in all the aspects,” the Argentine explained.

“But of course, in the way that it finished – with the penalty missing by Arsenal and the action that we didn’t get after because it was a clear penalty on Harry Kane – from lose to win, maybe? 

“I think it was a fantastic game – such an exciting game, great atmosphere with two teams who wanted to play and win the game. It’s always tough to play against Arsenal”

Spurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, had endured a difficult evening at Stamford Bridge during the week. However, his vital save from Aubameyang drew praise from the Spurs chief, who insisted the blame for that loss at Chelsea should be shared throughout the team.

Yeah, but not only bad night Wednesday the whole team, not only Hugo,” Pochettino continued. 

“As you say, you put the finger on Hugo as responsible for the defeat, it was not him – I cannot blame him. Hugo is one of the best in the world, he does not need to show that, he cannot prove nothing, but the finger always points at the big players, like Hugo or if Harry misses big chances. 

“We don’t win like in the last two games – Harry is the problem – or I don’t know. They are so big players.”

Meanwhile, Gunners chief, Unai Emery, said: “ I am proud of the players, of our work and then you can win, you can lose, you can draw like we did. But above all, we played like a team, feeling together and pushing individually and collectively. 

“After the adaptation to the match was good, our moments in 90 minutes, they were strong for us to think that also we could win this match.”

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