Pochettino reflects honestly on derby defeat

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Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction


Brian Jeeves reporting from the Emirates Stadium

Turning the clock back to December 2, 2018, and a blistering comeback from the Gunners to sink Spurs at the Emirates…

MAURICIO POCHETTINO reflected honestly upon Tottenham Hotspur’s disappointing Premier League defeat to bitter rivals, Arsenal, at the end of an otherwise positive ten days for his side.

Spurs travelled to the Emirates Stadium having seen off Chelsea and Inter Milan. However, they found in their way a rejuvenated, energetic Arsenal side who are beginning to look every bit the part under the management of Unai Emery.

An early penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a perfect start. However, it was Spurs who led at the break thanks to an Eric Dier header and a spot-kick from Harry Kane.

But the Gunners roared back after the interval as Aubameyang bagged his second before Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira sealed the home sides success.

Spurs also have Jan Vertonghen sent-off in the final stages. The Belgian defender was shown a second yellow card following a clumsy challenge on Lacazette.

“My assessment is that I think we conceded a penalty in a situation that normally is not good for the team,” Pochettino explained.

“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.”

Meanwhile, delighted Gunners boss, Unai Emery, said: “It is a very big victory.

“We showed our supporters and we gave them the victory because it is a very special match against Tottenham, for us, it is special also,” the Arsenal boss enthused.

“But above all it is three points, like against Bournemouth last weekend.

“We need to continue our process, creating our way. I want to do more.”

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Brian Jeeves

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