Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sheffield United – Reaction
MAURICIO POCHETTINO cut a frustrated figure after witnessing his Spurs side play out a 1-1 Premier League draw with a dogged Sheffield United side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Following a drab opening half, Spurs thought they were on their way to three points when Heung-Min Son seized on an error from Enda Stevens to fire the North Londoners ahead just before the hour mark.
And although a tight and controversial VAR call initially saved Spurs when Blades skipper, David McGoldrick thought he’d evened things up, the home side was undone when George Baldock’s centre drifted directly into the net to earn the visitors a deserved share of the spoils.
Pochettino couldn’t hide his discontent: “Always, if you don’t win you are disappointed,” he explained.
“It is impossible to be happy, you feel disappointed, of course.
“It was an even game – when you assess the game it was a fair result, they deserved the point,” the Argentine continued.
“They were the better team in the first half and were better in the second half. We started the game not well, it was a little bit strange the feeling of Tanguy Ndombele, he never felt comfortable in the game and maybe that affected the team.
We arrived in the first half and we changed for Harry Winks and then we played better. We are disappointed because we knew we were going to find a team who would be aggressive and very energetic, well organised.
“This is the worst opponent you can have when you come to play from Wednesday in the Champions League, a very long way.”
“I am disappointed because at the moment we broke them down to go lead 1-0 in the second half, not keeping that advantage or scoring the second goal in that moment when we dominated the game.
“We feel so disappointed, I don’t know the word to use. Upset or frustrate? but it is not a happy feeling.”
Despite the decision going Tottenham’s way when McGoldrick’s goal was chalked off, Pochettino spoke of his continued dislike of the VAR system, a feeling clearly echoed by both sets of supporters who waited more than three minutes for a decision to be made.
“It’s like if you asked Leicester against us when Sonny was offside and it was 2-0 and for sure we would be talking in a different way. I told you my feelings when things were for us and against us,” he bemoaned.
“I am not going to talk in a different way. I have spoken a lot about VAR. For me, the referee must be the person to decide and be the boss on the pitch.
“With the VAR it is difficult to understand for sure. If Chris has complained or not complained like with us at Leicester or at Everton with Sonny.
“The referee can make a mistake, but with VAR it is difficult to accept this type of situation and I empathise with Chris when the decision and the line is so thin.”