Mauricio Pochettino was one part defiant and two parts encouraged following Tottenham Hotspur’s 0-0 draw with Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday. On one hand, Pochettino’s side squandered a number of quality chances to break the scoreless deadlock and pick up their first victory of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign. On the other, they were “much better” than Everton, according to the Argentine manager.
Pochettino, on how frustrating — and why — a 0-0 draw was, in his post-game television interview (above video):
“A little bit (frustrated), because we created a lot of chances. I think that we were better than Everton. Man of the match: Tim Howard, I think, was good. Only, we didn’t score, and in football you have to score to win the game, but happy with the performance, only a little bit disappointed to not score today.”
“In football, you need to be clinical, but it was a good performance from the ‘keeper and a little bit unlucky, because we created the better chances. In the second half, I think we played much better than the first. … I think we were much better than Everton.”
Harry Kane had the game’s best chance when he found himself all alone with Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, but the 22-year-old striker’s first touch let him down and he never really recovered to a point of looking confident in taking his goal.
The numbers — six of 20 shots on target for Spurs, versus three-of-eight for the Toffees — say the hosts were the better side on Saturday, but the way Tottenham have left so much of their transfer business to be done on deadline day, it’s hardly a surprise they’ve lacked sharpness and a cutting edge in starting the season with three draws and a loss.