Pochettino pleased with a solid Spurs display

Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction

Brian Jeeves reporting from the Emirates Stadium

Turning the clock back to December 19, 2018, and a surprisingly comfortable Carabao Cup quarter-final victory for the Lilywhites at the Emirates Stadium…

MAURICIO POCHETTINO was hugely satisfied with his Tottenham Hotspur side after witnessing them produce a ruthless and professional Carabao Cup quarter-final display to overcome Arsenal by two unanswered goals at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners created a number of chances, particularly in the opening half. However, goals from Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli ensured the Lillywhites a two-legged semi-final with Chelsea at the expense of their bitter rivals. 

“The performance was solid,” Pochettino explained.

“I don’t know if after we analyse the game we deserve more than Arsenal. Of course, I think the performance was so solid and of course you need some luck in some actions. 

“I thought our keeper was fantastic, Paulo, and in the end, we scored from outstanding actions like from Sonny or Harry Kane with Dele Alli of course. Always in football, you need to perform in the way you want and show great quality and always you need some luck. It was very competitive, the game, and it was more like a final than a quarter-final. 

“Always it’s tough when you play against Arsenal they have a great team, very competitive team and always it’s so difficult to play here in the Emirates. A few weeks ago we played here and we were so disappointed after the game. To change that emotion is so important. That is why we are so happy, now thinking about Sunday because we have another battle in Liverpool against Everton.”

Meanwhile, frustrated Gunners boss, Unai Emery, said: “We created chances in the first half to score but our efficiency wasn’t good for us.

“We didn’t concede a lot for them, but they have good players with quality and they scored.

“But I think we worked for ninety minutes and in our moment we didn’t score our chances and they score theirs.

“The first half, I think we were good on the pitch – but sometimes we needed to keep more of the ball to keep possession longer, but it’s not easy against them because they have possession very well.”

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